Large quarto (355 × 265 mm), 132 pages with numerous illustrations including original colour lithographs (details below).
Flush-cut card covers (featuring a wrap-around design 'composed' by Pierre Bonnard) with slight silverfish damage near the head of the spine (and a tiny sealed tear to the foot); top edge slightly marked; bottom right-hand corner lightly bumped throughout; small paper label of the contemporary Adelaide bookseller Allan's affixed to the inside front cover; overall an excellent copy.
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: 'Spring' by Chagall, 'Summer' by Miro, 'Autumn' by Rattner, and 'Winter' by Klee. Literary contributors include Tagore, Valery, Malraux, and Bataille.