TRANSITION No. 21, No. 22, No. 25, and No. 26.

(The Hague: The Servire Press, 1932, 1933; New York, 1936, 1937). 232 x 152 mm. (9 1/8 x 6"). Four separately issued volumes. FIRST EDITIONS.

Original pictorial paper wrappers. Covers by Hans Arp, Sophie H. Täuber-Arp, Joan Miró, and Marcel Duchamp. With numerous black and white photographs. Issue no. 22 with original (somewhat chipped, but intact) yellow paper band reading "Revolutionary Romanticism"; Issue no. 25 with ink inscription "Wallace Liggett / April 18, 1946" on rear cover; Issue no. 26 with ink stamp of Messageries Dawson, Paris, on rear cover. Slocum & Cahoon, C-70, C-82, C-83. A few tiny chips to edge of boards, a little light soiling, No. 26 with short scratch and pencilled number on front cover, No. 25 with occasional small, faint stains to fore edge, a few (inevitable) corner creases, otherwise in fine condition, quite clean, fresh, and bright internally in very well-preserved paper wrappers.

These are four important issues from Transition, a significant literary platform of modernist literature and art edited by the poet Eugene Jolas, containing excerpts from what would become "Finnegans Wake" under the title "Work in Progress." There were 27 issues published between 1927 and 1938, with contributions from leading writers and artists of the Surrealist, Dada, and Modernist schools. Issue No. 21, subtitled "An International Workshop for Orphic Creation," contains an Homage to James Joyce for his fiftieth birthday, with contributions from Samuel Beckett and Stuart Gilbert, an excerpt from "Anna Livia Plurabelle" in "basic English," and a photograph of a page of manuscript from "Work in Progress"; "Poetry is Vertical," Jolas' manifesto on writing; and the first appearance of Samuel Beckett's "Sedendo et Quiesciendo." No. 22 contains an excerpt from "Work in Progress"; the "Vertigral Documents"; "Laboratory of the Mystic Logos"; "Transition's Revolution of the Word Dictionary," featuring neologisms from Joyce and others; and a bibliography of the first 22 issues. No. 25 features a cover designed by Joan Miró; reproductions of works by Mondrian, Domela, Brancusi, Klee, Matisse, Moholy-Nagy, and Cartier-Bresson; Dylan Thomas' poem "The Mouse and the Woman"; "Dada Diary (1916-1936)"; and "Painting and Reality" with a discussion among Louis Aragon, Fernand Léger et Le Corbusier. The penultimate issue of the magazine, No. 26 is especially sought after for Marcel Duchamp's cover featuring a silver comb, which Joyce joked to Sylvia Beach was the one used to comb out "Work in Progress." It also contains an excerpt from that work, as well as poetry by James Agee and Muriel Rukeyser; photography by Man Ray, Brassai, and Weston; and a song by Aaron Copland. All are in surprisingly fine condition.

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TRANSITION No. 21, No. 22, No. 25, and No. 26. JAMES JOYCE.
TRANSITION No. 21, No. 22, No. 25, and No. 26.

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