Paris: Le Terrain Vague, 1967-69. First edition. 4to, each issue offset printed, gathered in signatures and gluebound, with the exception of the fugitive issues 4 and 5, which are saddle-stapled, the latter with the "Tchécoslovaquie" rubberstamp in green to cover, as issued. Text in French. Profusely illustrated in b/w. With an unused sheet of stationary for the periodical added.
All issues published of the important Surrealist periodical, which began in the year following the death of Breton and bracketed the uprisings of 1968, and worked to situate the movement without the burgeoning polititical movements of the time. The memorable cover of the third issue features a rotary telephone with the numbers replaced by the phrase "BLACK POWER", and this run includes the very scarce fourth and fifth issues, produced "out of series" - both of which were confiscated by the authorities for their attacks on De Gaulle and material on Czech Surrealism.
The cover of the first issue, which featured a photograph of that issue itself casually arrayed among predecessor Surrealist periodicals, both served to boldly position the periodical as heir, but also acknowledged the difficulties of defining the movement in a tumultuous decade after the death of Breton.
With contributions across the numbers by Philippe Audoin, Jorge Camacho, V. Bounoure, Jehan Mayoux, René Nelli, Gérard Legrand, Jean-Michel Goutier, Joyce Mansour, Suzy Embo, Radovan Ivsic, Toyen, Pierre Alechinsky, José Pierre, Jean-Claude Silbermann, Annie Le Brun, Dionys Mascolo, Marguerite Duras, Herbert Marcuse, Guy Cabanel, Hervé Télémaque, George Sebbag, Bernard Roger, Ohcamac, Robert Guyon, François-René Simon, Franklin and Penelope Rosemont, Jindrich Heisler, Yves Elléouët, Ted Joans, Jean-Claude Barbé, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Witold Gombrowicz, Alain Joubert, Michel Zimbacca, Mimi Parent, Jean Lamrieu, Claude Courtot, Pierre Faucheux, Paulo Antonio de Paranagua, Stanislav Dvorsky, Vratislav Effenberger, Petr Kral, Ludvik Svab, Giovanna, José Sanchez, Roger Renaud, Jean Terrossian, Elie Delamarre de Boutelille, Jean Benoit, Bernard Roger, Jeep, and Michel Gourtay.
A near fine set, showing only some negligible light rubbing and creasing to wraps. Item #25734