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FILIPPO TOMMASO MARINETTI (1876-1944)
LES MOTS EN LIBERTÉ FUTURISTES. Book with 4 foldout, typographic plates. 1919.
7 1/2x5 inches, 19x12 3/4 cm. A. Taveggia, Milan. Condition B+: toning, staining, abrasions and minor wear to covers and spine. Hand-signed and inscribed by Marinetti on first page to Rolf Italiaander, German writer and director.
The tenets of Marinetti's Typographic Revolution (1913) are visually set forth in his typographic masterpiece, Les Mots en Liberté Futuristes (The Futurist Words in Freedom). The book contains a creative variety of hand-designed typefaces, calligraphy and dynamic layouts. "This book is considered the peak of Marinetti's typographic experimentation, reflecting both his gift as a designer, his talent as a visual poet and expositor and his ingenuity as a publicist . . . it is the single work which expresses the doctrine and visual praxis of literary Futurism" (Ex Libris 9, #93 and #94). Original edition, including the four letterpress foldouts by Marinetti: Bataille à 9 Étages; Après la Marne Joffre Visita le Front en Auto; Le Soir, Couchée dans son Lit; and Une Assemblée Tumultueuse. Design Graphique p. 41, MoMA 731.2006.