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20.05.16. Chiswick Auctions Printed Books and Manuscripts sale on May 25th will feature the Surrealist Collection of the late John Lyle. Lyle's collection encompasses many signed items from notable figures in the surrealist movement, including: Andre Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Jacques Brunius, Rene Crevel, Philippe Soupault and Jacques Prevert. This will be the first out of two parts of the collection. Notable highlights include: Lot 102 - 13 editions of the Minotaure with a letter from Marcel Duchamp to Jacques Brunius (Estimate: £1,000 - £2,000) and lot 201 a presentation copy of La Pluie et le Beau Temps to Jacques Brunius from Jacques Prevert (Estimate: £400 - £600).  Add a comment

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While bargains are to be had at auction, for the uninitiated, I think it's worth quoting from John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors. "The novice collector does well to recognise that in a bookshop there is a strong bond of common interest across the counter, but that in the sale-room every man's hand is against him. If he is a man of spirit, he may relish the encounter; hoping to beat the professionals at their own game and be prepared to take a few knocks in the process. Yet if he is also a man of sense, he will only do so after careful reconnaissance, and then with his eyes wide open".

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