Jacques Damase: REVOLUTION TYPOGRAPHIQUE. Geneva: Galerie Motte, 1966. Quarto. Text in French. Perfect-bound stiff printed wrappers. Unpaginated [148 pp.] 134 plates, 4 in color. White wrappers scuffed and worn. Lower corner lightly bumped. Overall, a very good copy of an uncommon and desirable title.
8.5 x 10.25 softcover perfect-bound book in dust jacket with 18 pages of French text followed by 130 plates, including 4 color plates. Beautifully printed on uncoated stock [for that revolutionary feel] in Switzerland. This is the single best collection of avant-garde typographic art that I have encountered. Highly recommended.
Damase traces the history of avant-garde typography back to Stephane Mallarme and forward into the 20th century. He focuses on the rise of concrete poetry and branches of into other "isms" such as DaDa, De Stijl, Constructivism, Paris Art Deco, the Bauhaus and fine press publishing.
This volume includes work by leaders of the European Avant-Garde, including Stephane Mallarme, Lewis Carroll, Alfred Jarry, Sonia Delaunay, Gino Severini, F. T. Marinetti, Robert Delaunay, Carlo Carra, Ardengo Soffici, Paolo Buzzi, Guillaume Apollinaire, Tristan Tzara, Hugo Ball, Simonetti, Luvio Venna, Morgenstern, Man Ray, Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg, Rood, Raoul Haussmann, Vincente Huidobro, Max Ernst, Fernand Leger, Huelsenbeck, Nathalie Gontcharova, Velimir Chlebnikov, Ilya Zdanevitch, Josef peeters, Strzeminski, Kurt Schwitters and Theo van Doesburg, Oskar Schlemmer, Lyonel Feininger, Peter Rohl, Francis Picabia, Ribement Dessaignes, Marcel DuChamp, Georg Grosz, Kurt Schwitters, Heinrik Berlewi, El Lissitzky, A. M. Cassandre, Jean Arp, Bart van der Leck, Paul Klee, Jean Lurcat, Carlo Belloli, John Furnival, Saul Steinberg, jean Dubuffet, Thomas Kabdero, Ladislas Kijno, Gerhard Ruhm, Arthur Aeschbacher, Philippe Barbier, Henri Chopin, Bridget Riley, J. F. Bory, Pedro Xisto, Heinz Schwarzinger, Bronislaw Zelek, Michel Seuphor (with Piet Mondrian), , Blaise Cendrars (with Fernand Leger), Tristan Tzara (with Sonia Delaunay), Henri Chopin and others.
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