Girl Body. Piero HELICZER.
Girl Body.
Girl Body.
Girl Body.
Girl Body.

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Girl Body.

Paris: The Dead Language, 1958. First edition. Tall narrow broadside poem, folded twice, printed letterpress in white ink on black crepe paper, this copy with a Dead Language printed label tipped on to the rear panel. Together with two Dead Language flyers printed on matching paper promoting the publication. Broadside measures 15.7x12cm., folded; 62x12cm., unfolded.

The subject of this sensual and conupiscent poem is Olivia de Haulleville, Heliczer's girlfriend, whose breath he compares to a turtle's and "her sex" to "a turtle shell" (Piero owned a pet turtle which he led on a leash and is said to have once deposited it at the Louvre's cloakroom during a visit).

The first flyer (15.2x11.5cm.) is illustrated with Heliczer's floating humanoid figure and announces the publication's availability from five Left Bank bookstores in Paris; the second flyer (31x12cm., with central fold) prints a bilingual French/English invitation to the publication party ("the demonstration of subliminal techniques") at la Mistral on rue de la Bucherie, December 14 (1958).

All three items Near Fine.

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