Portfolio with introductory text and 20 fasicules reproducing in facsimile the first series of Les Lettres Françaises (19 issues, Sept. 1942-Aug. 1944, and the single supplemental issue, Aug. 1, 1944, each 6-8 pp.), the underground French Resistance literary magazine founded in the occupied zone by Jacques Decour and Jean Paulhan in association with the communist-affiliated writer's organization, Le Comité National des Écrivains (CNE), with poems, stories, articles, reviews, and political essays by Claude Morgan, Jacques Debu-Bridel, Paul Eluard, Jean-Paul Sartre, Edith Thomas, Aragon, Michel Leiris, George Adam, François Mauriac, Louis Parrot, Jean Vaudal et al., each fasicule wrapper printed with table of contents and notes on the publication history of the issue. Folio. Cloth boards portfolio with marbled endpapers in orig. publisher's slipcase. Paris (Impr. Delalain) n.d. (1946-1947?). Decour had gathered the texts for the first issue of Les Lettres Françaises when he was arrested with Georges Politzer and Jacques Solomon in a vast German sweep of French Communist Party intellectuals in November 1941. They were executed in May 1942 and the first issue was never published. With the help of Edith Thomas, Claude Morgan reconstructed the CNE and began publishing the journal in Sept. 1942 in 6 roneotyped pages until the journalist George Adam enabled the production of professionally printed issues in Oct. 1943, increasing its circulation from approximately 3-4,000 to 12,000 copies. In July 2014, OCLC appears to identify less than 10 North American holdings for the facsimile edition or the original. (Inventory #: 47976)
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