Verve. An Artistic and Literary Quarterly. Volume 1, Number 3, October to December 1938
Paris, E. Tériade, 1938.
Large quarto, 132 pages with numerous illustrations including original colour lithographs (details below); complete as called for.
Flush-cut card covers (featuring a wrap-around design by Pierre Bonnard); spine slightly rubbed, creased and sunned; top edge lightly foxed; 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. Tériade (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 of this number includes a suite of four original colour lithographs: 'Spring' by Marc Chagall; 'Summer' by Joan Miro; 'Autumn' by Abraham Rattner; and 'Winter' by Paul Klee. Literary contributors include Tagore, Valery, Malraux, and Bataille.