Autograph correspondence signed by André BRETON addressed to André PARIS.
Nantes, Saint-Dizier, 1915-1917, 17 autograph pieces signed in ink on paper. Full black morocco, reproduced signature of the author, cold pressed on the two plates, one of them painted in pink, smooth back with the title in cold letters painted in pink, black half morocco shirt with flaps, bordered case (signed by Daniel Mercher).
AN EXTRAORDINARY LITERARY CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE VERY BEGINNINGS OF THE FOUNDER OF SURREALISM, IN WHICH HE DISCUSSES HIS POETIC INFLUENCES: MALLARMÉ, LAFORGUE, RIMBAUD, VALÉRY, APOLLINAIRE, ETC., AND HIS FRIENDSHIPS: FRAENKEL, ROYÈRE, ARAGON... AS WELL AS HIS LOVE ENCOUNTERS, HIS LIFE AS A MEDICAL STUDENT HESITATING BETWEEN BECOMING AN ALIENIST OR A POET.
17 autographs including: 13 letters, 33 pages (17 in-8, 14 petit in-4 and 2 in-12); 3 postcards in in-12 format; 1 business card (8 x 5.50 cm). Most of the letters are in good condition, with accentuated fold marks, traces of soiling and use, and a few wet spots; one postcard, written in pencil, is very muted. 2 original black and white photographs, 12 x 17 cm, showing André Breton as a neurology intern at the Saint-Dizier hospital, both dated November 1916. One of the two photographs, unpublished, bears on the back an autograph dedication signed by André Breton to André Paris: "À André Paris/ affectueusement/André Breton/november 1916"; the second shows the writer in the company of his friend and other interns, with Breton's autograph date on the back: it was reproduced in the book André Breton, La Beauté convulsive (Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, 1991, p.88). Good condition (lightly scratched, with a slight lack of angle on one of them). The letters (except 3 of them and the photographs) are tabbed and bound in one volume in folio.
In one letter, Breton copies a poem by Jules Laforgue. On the back of another one, Breton copies his poem Coqs de Bruyè