Np: La Balance, 1989. First edition. Oblong 4to, unpaginated. Five unbound, folded sheets housed in an orange card folder with title pastedown to front panel. Illustrated with a color engraving by Henri Goetz, as well as a reprodution of a 1947 photograph of the Surrealist Group, including Kober, Goetz, Breton, Bellmer, Toyen, Matta et al. in addition to the poem by Kober. One of a limited edition of 40 copies, this example denoted as hors commerce and lettered c/d at both the engraving and the colophon. This copy is signed by Kober at the colophon.
A beautiful, privately produced collaborative work featuring the last engraving for an edition by the painter and engraver Henri Goetz, the inventor of the Carborundum Printing process. The occasion of the book was Goetz's 80th birthday, and he finished the engraving on July 8th of 1989. After being hospitalized for an illness, Goetz took his own life by leaping from the fifth floor of a hospital in Nice on August 22 of that year. This book was published the month following his death.
Goetz, who was born in New York City and educated at MIT and Harvard, had one of the most fascinating and valiant careers of any of the Surrealists. Along with his wife, the artist Christine Boumeester, Goetz was active as an underground printer as part of the French Resistance, printing not only posters and leaflets during the Nazi Occupation, but also forging papers and identity documents as part of their work. With Christian Dotremont and Raoul Ubac he was responsible for the periodical and imprint La Main à Plume, a Surrealist project which produced Surrealist work during the occupation. Goetz was eventually outed as a forger of documents, and, pursued by the Nazi police, was forced to flee to Côte d'Azur for the rest of the war.
The colophon beautifully addresses the circumstances of Goetz's suicide. "Même si notre ami Henri Goetz a décidé, le 22 août 1989, de s’absenter définitivement, nous savons que ce ne sont pas les pefectionnements techniques - avions, hélicoptères, fusées, etc., toutes prothèses pour “s’envoler” - mais l’inspiration de l’artiste et du poète qui conserve et revendique l’exclusive liberté de l’envol, par le pouvoir de l’image et du verbe."
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