Comte de Lautréamont - Les Chants de Maldoror, 1874

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Comte de Lautréamont - Les Chants de Maldoror, 1874

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Les Chants de Maldoror (The Songs of Maldoror), 1874

Comte de Lautréamont

Paris et Bruxelles, En Vente Chez Tous Les Libraires, 1874. First Edition of this important classic of the avant-garde, after an edition published anonymously which is virtually non-existent. Half cloth on marbled boards. 332 pp. 12mo. (5 x 7 in.) Good condition, some foxing and staining. Several pages have very light pencil annotations.

Les Chants de Maldoror (The Songs of Maldoror) is a novelistic prose work in six cantos, completed in 1869 by the Comte de Lautréamont, a pen name of Isidore-Lucien Ducasse. Maldoror, the titular character and its anti-hero, journeys through Paris espousing gnostic views and committing various attacks upon morality and decency. Exerting a deep and enduring influence on Surrealism, Symbolism, and Dadaism, it became one of the great Ur-texts (along with works like Nerval’s Auralia) of the French avant-garde. From it the surrealists gleaned the metaphor that would come to define their brand of aesthetic juxtaposition and incongruous action, which they found perfectly expressed in the line from Canto 6: “as beautiful as the chance meeting on a dissecting-table of a sewing-machine and umbrella.”


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