Item #3827 [BOUND BY TIMOTHY ELY]. 1961. Georges Hugnet.
[BOUND BY TIMOTHY ELY]. 1961
[BOUND BY TIMOTHY ELY]. 1961
[BOUND BY TIMOTHY ELY]. 1961
[BOUND BY TIMOTHY ELY]. 1961
[BOUND BY TIMOTHY ELY]. 1961
[BOUND BY TIMOTHY ELY]. 1961
[BOUND BY TIMOTHY ELY]. 1961
[BOUND BY TIMOTHY ELY]. 1961
[BOUND BY TIMOTHY ELY]. 1961
[BOUND BY TIMOTHY ELY]. 1961
[BOUND BY TIMOTHY ELY]. 1961
One of 10 on Auvergne with an original collage, and bound by Timothy Ely

[BOUND BY TIMOTHY ELY]. 1961

Paris: Chez l'Auteur, 1961. First Edition. Bound by Timothy Ely (stamp-signed inside front cover): full black morocco, upper cover with raised onlay remarkably tooled to suggest a "ribbon tied in a bow," two raised bands onlaid onto spine, relief chased metal date of "1961" on front cover, top edges stained blue, others untrimmed. Preserved in a quarter morocco cloth case, the spine stamped "Hugnet" in green (tiny nicks to a few edges of the box; binding and book in mint condition). Fine. Item #3827

Copy VII of just 10 copies on Auvergne à la main, with 4 photomontages, reproduced in phototype with pochoir additions by the artist, with an additional suite of the photomontages in black-and-white, plus AN ORIGINAL COLLAGE that was not published. Our collage is characteristic of Hugnet's surrealist wit: a secular (Catholic) priest in a tricorn hat walks in a garden away from the viewer; affixed on the back of his cloak is a very large red ribbon tied in a bow. This is surely the source of inspiration for the large "bow" on the present binding, ingeniously created by Timothy Ely out of shaped leather.

Ely (b. 1949) is an American fine binder and book artist who is justly famous for his innovative binding technique and imaginative designs. While undated, our binding may belong to one of his earlier creations. Although the binding features a whimsical placement of the chased-metal numerals "1961," it is certainly more formal (and in our view more successful) than some of his recent efforts, which in some instances are festooned with esoteric symbolism. The austere elegance of our binding is remarkable and exhibits sound judgment: here the book, its text and unique illustrations, is not "about" the binder; instead, the book is correctly "protected" and "enhanced" by a fine and technically perfect binding.

Georges Hugnet (1906-1974) was a French poet and artist who is perhaps best known for his "work of the books," namely as a graphic artist and bookbinding designer. He was the first historian of Dada, publishing (at the age of just 18) in journals such as Cahiers d'Art and Minotaure. Hugnet joined the Surrealist movement in 1932 and was "expelled" in 1939. For the rest of his long career he continued his search for the "poetic absolute" and graphic beauty through "automatic" photomontages and photographic collages, cut-outs newspapers and the assembly of various materials, including found objects such as driftwood, pebbles, seaweed, torn paper, etc. His texts and illustrations in "1961" are combined to convey a characteristically dreamlike universe. The total edition was limited to 573 copies.

Price: $10,000.00