by Breton, André; Miró (Dust-Jacket illustrated by)
Paris: Les Éditions du Sagittaire, 1953. First trade edition. Softcover. g-. Small quarto. 286pp. Uncut and unopened copy. Original illustrated dust-jacket over printed wrappers. Jacket superbly illustrated by Miró. Half-title inscribed and signed by the author to "Aux amis d'Indice, hommage d'André Breton. "La Clé des Champs" collects commentaries, introductions, declarations, and reviews written between the late 1930s and early 1950s, all of which show that Breton has not given up seeking all manner of keys to art that is capable of giving free rein to the imagination. He elaborates upon themes already presented in the first "Manifesto of Surrealism" (1924), Nadja (1928), Surrealism and Painting (1928), and L'Amour fou (Mad Love) (1937), namely the ascendancy of an inner vision over an exterior outlook, the greater effectiveness of analogical thinking, and the power of certain objects to release the insights characteristic of a visionary (as opposed to merely visual) perspective. Moderate creasing and light damp-staining along edges of dust-jacket. Upper part of wrappers slightly foxed. Pages age-toned throughout. Light damp-staining along upper margin of pages (not affecting text or illustrations). Dust-jacket, wrappers and interior in overall good- condition.
(Inventory #: 41022)
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