Guino, Michel / Iliazd|
Un soupçon [An Inkling].
Le Degré Quarante et Un, ,
Large folio, loose as issued. Within grey paper wrappers, covered in vellum wrappers and illustrated with an etching on the front. Original cloth covered boards with lettering and slipcase. Illustrated with 15 drypoints, most of which are in color, with 1 color drypoint on the cover by Michel Guino. Edition of 72 copies: 41 copies and VI on Japon impérial and 23 and 2 inscribed on vieux Japon. All signed by Iliazd and Guino. This is one of 41 copies on Japon impérial.Un Soupçon is considered by many to be among Iliazd’s most beautiful books. Iliazd was given the poem “Un Soupçon” by Eluard as a sign of reconciliation after a dispute following the 6 July 1923 Dada meeting “Soirée du Coeur à Barbe,” where André Breton and Tristan Tzara confronted Eluard. As Iliazd had declined to take sides, Eluard refused to write the preface he had promised for the zaum poem Lidantiu faram (1923). Years later, upon hearing of Eluard’s death, Iliazd decided to publish a book with his poetry. Each line of verse is presented on a single page, and the poem is repetitive—stretched literally and figuratively into the book. The typography strengthens the meaning of the words, as “légère” (light) is repeated in the text and reminded Iliazd of the airy, open sculptures of Michel Guino, who Iliazd met in 1955.
Centre Georges Pompidou, Iliazd, pp. 81–82. MoMA, Iliazd and the Illustrated Book 11, plate 33.