A complete run in 18 issues, ca. 5-18 mimeographed leaves each, of the serial edited by Lemaître, containing Lemaître's experimental alphabets, concrete poetry, opinions, correspondence with other members of the Letteriste movement, including Gabriel Pommerand, Jacques Spacagna, Alain Satie, Isidore Isou, and others, commentaries concerning Lettrist manifestos, bulletins, artistic contributions, information regarding Lemaître's Théâtre Neuf, a chronicle of the controversy between Lemaître and Isou and of the Lettrist movement, and manifestos and leaflets of Lemaître. Illustrated throughout with drawings by Lemaître. 4to. Original corner stapled illustrated wrpps., each issue with a different color heading. Some slight soiling, browning, cover of issue no. 1 with an area of loss and repair across fold line. Paris (Maurice Lemaître) 1962-1964.
A fascinating document of the Letterist movement in transition during the early 1960s, idiosyncratically portrayed from the publisher's point of view, exposing the group's inner workings and airing grievances and enthusiasms in public. Lemaître launched a second series of La Lettre in Sept. 1966, which continued sporadically through August 1968.
Scarce in institutional collections; as of December 2021, OCLC only locates one complete first series in a North American library.
Book ID: 51740