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Oswaldo Wirth

Notes de André Breton pour Arcane 17



Author André Breton
Person cited Oswald Wirth


André Breton's autograph manuscript in preparation for Arcane 17; black pencil, undated, unsigned.

Research on astrology and esoterism. Arcane 17 (Arcanum 17) sees the constant emergence of a culture which Breton intently explores. Browsing through the pages of Court de Gebelin, the illuminist, passionate about the idea of a language of origins, equally tries to interpret the symbols of tarots. The central figures of the Star and of the Woman, Isis of whom Mélusine is a reflection, appear here in blatant erudition, before alchemy would restore them to literature. [Atelier André Breton website, 2005].

Autograph text, undated [1944?]
- 1 page folio in-4°, “Oswald Wirth”, autograph text written in pencil by André Breton on Le Tarot des imagiers du Moyen-Âge.

“It is a sweet goddess, as beautiful as the naked girl on Arcane XVII, kneeling by a pond into which she pours the contents of a golden urn…”

Arcane 17 was also inspired by Court de Gebelin. (La Pléiade, Tome III, Note, page 1189). [Auction catalogue, 2003]

Creation datesd
Bibliographical material1 page in-4°
Date of publication 1944
Physical descriptionMs - crayon

Bibliothèque littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris : BRT 99

Breton Auction, 2003Lot 2557
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CategoriesArchives, Andre Breton's Manuscripts
Set[AB's Manuscripts] L'Amour fou, Arcane 17, Les Vases communicants,
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Court de Gébelin

André Breton


Autograph manuscript in black pencil with a drawing depicting the Arcane 17, undated, unsigned.

[AB's Manuscripts] L'Amour fou, Arcane 17, Les Vases communicants,