Large quarto (355 × 265 mm), 128 pages with numerous illustrations including original colour lithographs (details below).
Flush-cut card covers (featuring a wrap-around design 'composed' by Georges Braque) a little rubbed at the extremities; the paper on the spine is cracked near the foot, and there are three small holes caused by silverfish higher up (as well as minimal surface loss to silverfish there, and along the leading edge of the front cover); thin strip along the bottom edge of the front cover a little foxed; small paper label of the contemporary Adelaide bookseller Allan's affixed to the foot of the title page, with the gold label of the American representatives of 'Verve' in the centre; trifling signs of use and age; a very good copy (internally excellent, with the original lithographs in fine condition).
Published in Paris in both French and English editions (with the texts translated by Robert Sage) under the directorship of E. Teriade (an ex-patriate Greek, Efstatios Eleftheriades), 'Verve' was 'devoted to artistic creation in all fields and in all forms'. 'That the illustrations may retain the import of the originals, "Verve" will utilize the technical methods best suited to each reproduction. It will call on the best specialists of heliogravure in colors and in black and white, as well as of typography, and will not disdain to employ the forgotten process of lithography. The luxuriousness of "Verve" will consist in the publication of documents as fully and as perfectly as possible' (manifesto in the first issue in December 1937). The artistic component includes a suite of four original colour lithographs, 'Heavenly Bodies', two by Kandinsky ('Stars' and 'Comets'), and two by Masson ('The Sun' and 'The Moon'). Photographers represented include Brandt, Brassai, Blumenfeld, and List. Literary contributors include Joyce, Hemingway, Gide, and Malraux.