Rouveyre, André, 1879-1962.
Title: Apollinaire : filmé en 1914, reproduction des 50 images en reconstruction de la petite machine animée : précédé d'un avertissement / par André Rouveyre.
Imprint: Lanzac par Souillac (Lot) : Le Point, 1944.
Physical Description: 1 v. : chiefly ill. ; 11 x 17 cm.
Acquired through the Irene Burnside Sheldon Fund.
Composed of photographs shot in quick succession, this flip book immortalizes an afternoon meeting between the poet-critic Guillaume Apollinaire and the writer-artist André Rouveyre. Apollinaire mingled with the visual artists of Dada and Surrealism in the early part of the century and was highly influential in their practice. The book was produced in a small shop in Paris set up solely for creating this amusement, one of several that existed in a handful of large European cities at the time. The scene itself, of two prominent intellectuals laughing at a technological curiosity, is both amusing in its capture of the playful frivolity of the Parisian Avant-Garde and poignant when juxtaposed with contemporary political realities. The book’s flip-able structure (represented in this 1944 reprint) is equally engaging; it serves as a key, dynamic element in a growing collection of non-traditional-format books at the Art & Architecture Library.