The Themerson Archive Catalogue, 3-vol. set

The Themerson Archive Catalogue, 3-vol. set

Three Volumes (vol I, Letters and Documents; vol II, The Themersons, vol III, Gaberbocchus)

Edited by Jasia Reichardt and Nick Wadley

Documents, photographs, and artwork from the archive of Stefan and Franciszka Themerson, including material from their small avant-garde press Gaberbocchus.

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Documents, photographs, and artwork from the archive of Stefan and Franciszka Themerson, including material from their small avant-garde press Gaberbocchus.

This monumental three-volume set documents the life and work of writer, publisher, and filmmaker Stefan Themerson (1910–1988) and his wife, painter, illustrator, and theater designer Franciszka Themerson (1907–1988). The Themersons, active members of the Polish avant-garde, lived in Paris beginning in 1938, and found their way to London during World War II. In London, they continued their artistic practice, individually and in collaboration, and founded the small avant-garde press Gaberbocchus. At Gaberbocchus (the press's name is a Latinized “Jabberwocky”), they published the first English editions of works by Alfred Jarry, Raymond Queneau, the Pataphysicians, and others, alongside work by young English writers outside the commercial mainstream.

Volume I collects the Themersons' correspondence, with recipients ranging from the philosopher Bertrand Russell to the Themersons' house cleaner. Volume II documents the Themersons' lives—successes and frustrations, work and travel, filmography and exhibitions. Volume III presents the history of the Gaberbocchus Press from 1942 to 1979, including all publications, details of work on the books, reviews, and day-to-day life at the Press. It also chronicles the Common Room (1957–1959), a London club located in the basement of Gaberbocchus Press, founded to bring together the arts and sciences. In words and images, poetry and doodles, satire and seriousness, these volumes evoke fifty years of independent creative enterprise in a cold climate.

Paperback

$250.00 T ISBN: 9781916247413 1000 pp. | 8.27 in x 11.69 in 1000 figures

Editors

Jasia Reichardt

Jasia Reichardt, a writer on art, has worked as an assistant editor at the London-based Art News and Review, Assistant Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, and Director of the Whitechapel Gallery in London. Beginning in 1990, with the art historian and artist, Nick Wadley, she worked on the catalog of the Themerson archive.

Nick Wadley

Nick Wadley was head of art history at Chelsea School of Art and was the author of numerous books on nineteenth- and twentieth-century art, including the standard volume on the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist drawing. His last book, Franciszka Themerson, was published in 2019.