Le Paysan de Paris – The Peasant of Paris - Louis Aragon, Henri Cartier-Bresson 1994 - The Limited editions Club, New York - Number 89 of 300 copies. ‘I was seeking… a new kind of novel that would break all the traditional rules governing the writing of fiction… a novel that the critics would be obliged to approach empty-handed’ – Louis Aragon.

A large (32x42cm) beautiful and superbly produced limited edition folio of Louis Aragon’s outstanding Surrealist novel – in which he compares a poet’s love for his city to a peasant’s love for his land – illustrated and signed by Henri Cartier-Bresson on the limitation page. Translated into English by Simon Watson-Taylor.

Stunningly illustrated with seven original lithographs and a photogravure by Henri Cartier-Bresson. The lithographs were pulled by Bruce Porter at his Trestle Editions studio in New York. The photogravure was printed by Jon Goodman on French-made Arjo Wiggins stock.

Bound in silk and provided with a matching felt lined silk slipcase.

First published in 1926, ‘
Le Paysan de Paris’ is today considered one of the central Surrealist texts and a work that helps define the movement itself. Avoiding any recognisable characterisation or form, Aragon’s narrative is both unconventional and lyrical – in his own words, ‘a mythology of the modern’. Using the city of Paris as a framework, Aragon interlaces the text with the city’s ephemera: café menus, maps, inscriptions on monuments, and newspaper clippings, together with the lives of its citizens. His detailed descriptions of a Parisian passage, the nineteenth-century precursor to the mini-mall, and of the Buttes-Chaumont park, are the great set pieces within Aragon’s swirling philosophical, dreamlike, and satirical prose.
  First published in 1926, ‘Le Paysan de Paris’ is today considered one of the central Surrealist texts and a work that helps define the movement itself. Avoiding any recognisable characterisation or form, Aragon’s narrative is both unconventional and lyrical – in his own words, ‘a mythology of the modern’. Using the city of Paris as a framework, Aragon interlaces the text with the city’s ephemera: café menus, maps, inscriptions on monuments, and newspaper clippings, together with the lives of its citizens. His detailed descriptions of a Parisian passage, the nineteenth-century precursor to the mini-mall, and of the Buttes-Chaumont park, are the great set pieces within Aragon’s swirling philosophical, dreamlike, and satirical prose.

References:
Exact Change, web.

Folio (book size 32x42cm), pp. [6] 163 [11]. Publisher’s grey-green Japanese silk, lettered in dark green to spine and front board, and housed in matching grey-green silk slipcase.
  Condition: Fine, in fine slipcase.   Ref: 108172   Price: HK$ 9,000