Scarce limited French edition of Carroll's mathematical logic primer, illustrated by his great Surrealist admirer.
"Tout homme est mortel<br />Socrate est homme,<br />donc Socrate est mortel."
Selections from Carroll's SYMBOLIC LOGIC, and THE GAME OF LOGIC, translated into French and profusely illustrated by Ernst in charming and startling style: sometimes geometric and abstract, elsewhere figural and whimsical. Carroll's works held a perennial fascination for French and English surrealists and symbolists and all their descendants; Ernst in particular returned to Carroll's Alice figure repeatedly as motif and inspiration, and would rework some of the illustrations in LOGIQUE SANS PEINE in his 1970 lithograph series for LEWIS CARROLL'S WUNDERHORN.
With an introductory essay on Carroll by Jean Gattégno ("La logique et les mots dans l'oeuvre de Lewis Carroll"), and a conclusion by Ernest Coumet ("Lewis Carroll logicien").
Paris: Hermann, (1966). 7.5'' x 5.5''. Original olive-green wrappers in glassine jacket. Edition of 85, of which 75 are numbered; this copy no. 50. Illustrated in black and white throughout by Ernst. French translation by Jean Gattégno and Ernest Coumet. 288 pages. Minor edgewear. Faintest smudge to rear endpaper.
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