Paris: NRF (1924). The first novel, largely autobiographical, of the "jeune homo surréaliste," published the year before he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. One of 1100 numbered copies, this example being #4. Very good in original brown wrappers, light edge wear. With the frontispiece illustration of Crevel by his lover Eugene Maccown.
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An original vintage silver print portrait (5.4" x 3.8") of René Crevel by Marc Allégret. Although undated, it would appear to date from the mid-1920s when Allégret was a student of Man Ray's and was taking hundreds of photographs and developing them himself in a small room in André Gide's Paris apartment. Allégret and Crevel had become friends around 1917 and remained so until Crevel's suicide in 1935. He eventually went on to make dozens of films and remains highly regarded in the field of cinematography. Crevel, one of the most exceptional of the Surrealist writers, was photographed and painted by many of the great artists of the period, but this image appears not to have been reproduced and does not appear in François Buot's biography, Crevel (1991). Very good, inscription on verso: "ex-coll. Marc Allegret/Photo de Marc Allegret/Rene Crevel." Mounted.