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French Resistance Publishing – First Printing of the "Chant des Partisans"

Les cahiers de Libération [The notebooks of Libération]. Starting with vol. 3: Les cahiers de la Libération. Vols. 1–4 (all published).

[France: Editions de Liberation], September 1943–March 1944. Octavos (18.3 × 13.8 to 19.8 × 14.3 cm). Original printed wrappers; 60, [2]; 43, [2]; [74]; and 39 pp. Housed in recent morocco-backed folder and slipcase by Devauchelle, with title to spine; light overall wear and foxing; front wrapper of first issue beginning to detach; text evenly toned and somewhat brittle; two volumes uncut and unopened; overall still very good.

Rare complete run of this journal of literature and social thought published by the French Resistance during the German occupation. The third volume was confiscated in proof state and only a handful of uncorrected copies were issued. The journal proudly proclaims the independence of French thought and condemns certain writers (Chardonne, Morand, Montherlant, Giono, and others) for their compromises with the regime. The issues feature contributions (mostly under pseudonyms) of Marcel Abraham, Louis Aragon, Claude Aveline, Albert Camus, Jean Cassou, Paul Éluard, Georges Friedmann, Jean Guéhenno Pierre Jean Jouve (under his actual name), Louis Martin-Chauffier, Maurice Noël, Jean Paulhan, Pierre Seghers, and others. The first issue, dated September 1943, contains the first printing of the "Chant des Partisans" (Song of the Partisans), the tune that served as a rallying cry in the struggle for liberation. Written by Anna Marly in London, it was broadcast on the BBC and its lyrics were smuggled to Paris by plane in 1943. It became so popular among the Resistance and the population at large, that it was for some time a kind of unofficial "Marseillaise."

The journal was affiliated with the Libération-sud ("Liberation-South") Resistance group, which also issued the newspaper Libération. Libération-sud had been founded by the poet and journalist Emmanuel d'Astier (1900–1969) in 1940. The present group constitutes the complete run of the Paris edition. Various versions of individual issues were also printed in London and Algiers.

Cariguel, Panorama des revues littéraires sous l'occupation, p. 407, Destribats 436 (only two issues).

Book ID: 52434

Price: $2,500.00