Paris: Editions Albert Skira, 1933–1939. First edition. Softcover. Folio. Color illustrated wraps protected by modern mylar. Missing numbers 8 and 10.
Minotaure was an avant-garde magazine with surrealist orientation founded by Albert Skira and E. Tériade in Paris. It was published between 1933 and 1939 featuring art, poetry and literature as well as esoteric articles and unusual aspects of literary and art history. Occasional psychoanalytical, anthropological and ethnographical studies were included. E. Tériade was the original editor followed soon by Albert Skira who formed and editorial committee including André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Eluard, Maurice Heinen, and Pierre Mabille. The name Minotaure is attributed to Georges Bataille and André Masson.
Minotaure was considered the luxurious review at the time, featuring original artworks on the cover including by artists like Matisse, Picasso, etc. in high quality color reproductions. The list of contributors to Minotaure reads like the "Who is Who" of modern art: André Breton, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Kurt Weill, Man Ray, André Derain, Jacques Lacan, Maurice Raynal, Tristan Tzara, Paul Eluard, G. de Chirico, Brassai, Balthus, to name a few.
# 1: Wear along edges, chips at spine, light creasing of lower right corner of front cover, and with three inch closed tear at lower front joint.
# 2: Cover lightly age-toned with half an inch chip at tail of spine, two inch closed tears at front joint top and bottom.
# 3-4: Cover age-toned with half an inch chip at tail, few horizontal cracks at spine and one inch closed tear at lower front joint. Minor creasing at lower right corner of cover.
# 5: Spine with chips and cracks, covers somewhat age-toned with light staining on back cover.
# 6: Some chipping along spine with light scuffing of front cover. Small closed tear at top of back cover and rubbed. Front cover loosening from block, still firm.
#7: Back cover loose but present with some chipping of spine. Red pencil number on inside front cover. Spine with chips and cracks.
# 9: Light wear along edges and light cracking of spine, not broken.
# 11: Spine with heavy chipping, front and back covers almost detached from spine but intact. Light wear along edges of cover.
# 12-13: Very light cracking at spine, cover almost detached from block but still attached and intact. Very light wear along edges. Good to very good condition. Item #46602