New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1968. Single volume, measuring 10 x 8 inches: 128. Original black and white pictorial cloth boards, black and white patterned endpapers, original unclipped pictorial dust jacket. Lightest toning to edges of boards and jacket.
First trade edition of American poet Ron Padgett’s translation of Le poète assassiné (1916), Guillaume Apollinaire's surrealist novel, illustrated with drawings and photocollages by pop artist Jim Dine. “This year, said Tristouse, fashions are bizarre and common, simple and full of fantasy. Any material from nature’s domain can now be introduced into the composition of women’s clothes. I saw a charming dress made of corks. . . . Notice that they're beginning to dress in live animals.” Dine’s illustrations, full of guns and bikinis, push Apollinaire’s satirical surrealism into the frame of the French New Wave. Issued simultaneously with a signed limited edition of 250 copies. A bright near-fine copy, bringing together two generations of avant-garde artists.