Leonora Carrington. Preface and Illustrations by Max Ernst.
Paris. H. Parisot. 1938. Limited to 120 copies, this being one of 100 on Le Roy Louis teinte Champagne paper. Sewn wrappers. Unpaginated [16 pages]. 3 collage illustrations by Max Ernst. 175 x 125mm (7 x 5"). 0.1kg. . French. Near fine; a very well preserved copy.
La Maison de la Peurwas a surrealist collaboration between Leonora Carrington and Max Ernst. Carrington provided the text and Ernst supplied the introduction and illustrations. It was Carrington's first published work, she was 21, had just moved to Paris and was in the middle of a love affair with Ernst. The story is a dream-like tale of a girl who finds herself surrounded by anthropomorphic, talking horses. She is lured to the title's Maison de la Peur, a castle inhabited by Fear itself, depicted by Ernst as a horse-headed circus girl. The work blends a mixture of English absurdist story-telling, influenced by Lewis Carroll, with Surrealist black humour. In his introduction Ernst creates alter egos for himself and Carrington. He is 'Loplop, le superieur des oiseaux', she is 'La Mariee du Vent'. The book was part of the 'Un Divertissement' series of publications.