9 numbers, folio (37 x 27.5 cm), each number pp. 4; title printed in blue, numbers 8 and 9 printed on green paper; all folded as issued, a few repairs at folds, paper discoloured; in a morocco backed folder and slip-case.
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Le Ciel bleu. Hebdomadaire littéraire pour tous. De l’autre côté du miroir… No. 1 [- 9, all published].
The complete run of this short-lived Belgian Surrealist periodical, produced during the closing months of World War II.
The tag-line ‘De l’autre côté du miroir’ takes obvious inspiration from Carroll, and indeed he takes centre-stage in the first issue, with a full-page translation of ‘The Walrus and the Carpenter’ (from Through the Looking-Glass) by Henri Parisot, who went on to publish translations of several Carroll works.
Le ciel bleu also includes the first appearance in print of pieces by André Breton (including an essay on De Quincey), Picasso, Magritte (a few lines on Jacques Wergifosse), Louis Scutenaire, Irène Hamoir, Christian Dotremont, and others; the first published work of Marcel Broodthaers (here ‘Broodhaerts’), and a series of Surrealist cartoons by Sanders – a man melts into his piano, erases himself at a stationers, poses for the camera as a vase of flowers.
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