The Jesuit Treasury. Surrealist piece in three tableaux and a prologue.
Circa 1928, 50 pages in-4. Autograph manuscript, typescript with numerous corrections and two photographs of Man Ray.
Each page is tabbed and the whole is bound in one volume at the time, Bradel, white half vellum with bands, black paper powdered with gold in the centre of the plates, Chinese gold title on smooth spine, linings and endpapers.
Autograph manuscript written jointly by André Breton and Louis Aragon, 26 in-4 pages in black ink numbered from 1 to 22, containing 6 laminated documents including 4 photographic illustrations taken from newspapers. In some pages the writings of Louis Aragon and André Breton are mixed together.
The highly corrected manuscript includes a scene sketch by André Breton.
The 24-page in-4 typewritten manuscript contains more than a hundred corrections by the two authors, including one page that has been completely crossed out and a half-page handwritten addition. Blue pencil indications for the printing of Breton's hand. At the beginning of the manuscript were pasted two photographic reproductions from the publication of the play in the magazine "Variétés", one representing the actress Musidora in her famous black tights, the other the cover of the programme of the Judex gala directed by Man Ray.
Numerous variants have remained unpublished. The play was published for the first time in the special issue of Variétés: le Surréalisme en 1929, June 1929, pp. 47 to 61.
The play was to be performed on December 1, 1928 on the occasion of the Judex gala to help the widow of the actor who had played the role on the screen. The actress Musidora was to play the role of Mad Souri. The writing of the play, based mainly on news items from newspapers, is a surrealist collage. Numerous REFERENCES and quotes, particularly from early silent crime films.
The Jesuit Treasure was performed only once in 1935 in Prague, directed by J