The Collection

Home Page > Works > Ajours (Apertures)

Ajours (Apertures)



Author André Breton


Corrected proofs of Ajours (Apertures) dated May 1st-3rd, 1947 for Sagittarius publishing house, accompanied by a handwritten note from André Breton dated June 1st, 1947.

These corrected proofs of Ajours (Apertures) are of course those of Arcane 17 for the 1947 French edition put forth by Sagittarius publishing house: they cannot be found in the first edition published in New York, 1944, even though they are of inestimable value to the final edition. With this added text, Breton takes the opportunity to clarify some of his positions in the intellectually confused – to say the least – post-war context, while exploring themes such as the magical encounter. [Atelier André Breton website, 2005]

Corrected proofs and autograph manuscript, May-June, 1947.
- Corrected proofs of Arcane 17 enté d'ajours, (Arcane 17 with Apertures grafted to the end) 47 pages folio in-12°, corrected and signed by André Breton, with erasures and handwritten corrections by Breton, dated May 1st-3rd, 1947.

- André Breton's manuscript written in ink dated June 1st, 1947, 1 page folio in-4°, attached to the proofs and meant for typesetting.

“Since these lines have been written, i.e. within the space of a few days, a major step has been made thanks to the publication of a key work titled La Symbolique de Rimbaud which will mark time. This work definitively establishes that the influence of Eliphas Levi, of which M. Viatte demonstrated the mighty power on the evolution of Hugo, did not have such a preponderant influence on Rimbaud.” [Auction catalogue, 2003] These are indeed the Ajours (Apertures) grafted to the 1947 edition of Arcane 17 put forth by Sagittarius publishing house. [André Breton site, 2014]


André Breton, ill. de Baskine, Ajours in Arcane 17 enté d'Ajours, Paris, Le Sagittaire, 1947.

André Breton, (Édition de Marguerite Bonnet avec la collaboration de Philippe Bernier, Marie-Claire Dumas, Étienne-Alain Hubert et José Pierre), Arcane 17 enté d'Ajours, ŒŒuvres complètes, tome III, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Paris, Gallimard, 1999, pages 97 à 113, note manuscrite rep. p. 112-113.


Creation datemai 1947
Bibliographical material47 pages in-12
Date of publication 1947

Bibliothèque littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris : BRT 102

Breton Auction, 2003Lot 2278
Keywords, , , , ,
CategoriesAndre Breton's Manuscripts
Set[AB's Manuscripts] L'Amour fou, Arcane 17, Les Vases communicants,
Permanent link