Boîte Alerte: Missives Lascives | 1959, one of only 200, first edition of this surrealist collection of letters, objects, postcards and original signed and numbered graphic works, housed within a French 'Post Box'.

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Boîte Alerte: Missives Lascives from 1959 is a highly sought work, with only 200 produced. It is a collection of surrealist works from the famed Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme (EROS), containing letters, catalogues, postcards, objects, and signed and numbered graphics housed in a green French 'Post Box'. Its distinctive and esteemed vinyl can also be played. This specular artefact of the surrealist movement is one of the most iconic and peculiar items I have come across.


A near-fine example.The multiple, 1959, comprising a collection of letters, catalogues, objects, postcards,and original signed and numbered graphic works (lacking the lithograph by Joan Miró (Mourlot 195)), stamp numbered from the edition of 200 on the underside of the lid, housed within the original green paper covered cardboard box designed to look like a French post-box, overall size 278 x 190 x 70mm (11 x 7 ½ x 2 ¾ in)

The work contains the following items:

- The Catalogue for the exhibition.

- 8 Missives lascives by Micheline Bounoure, Alain Joubert, Joyce Mansour, Robert Benayoum, Octavio Paz, André Pieyre, Mimi Parent (a black silk stocking in an envelope with transparent window), and one anonymous.

- A telegram on pink paper by Marcel Duchamp writing as Rrose Sélavy to André Breton.

- A vinyl 45 rpm two-sided record with recordings of poems by Joyce Mansour and Benjamin Peret.

- 6 colour postcards of works by Bellmer, Dali, Gorky, Miro, Svanberg, and Clovis Trouille.

- 3 original signed and numbered lithographs by Adrien Dax, Marie Toyen, Max Walter Svanberg.

- An original signed and numbered etching by Jacques Le Marechal.

Published by Galerie Daniel Cordier, Paris, for the International Exhibition of Surrealism held at Galerie Daniel Cordier, Paris, organized by Marcel Duchamp and Andre Breton, 1959.