Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    André Breton, ARCANE 17.
    New York: Brentano's, 1944 (1945 copyright). First edition, with 4 color illustrations of surreal tarot images by the Chilean artist Roberto Matta (1911-2002), which are mounted on blank pages tipped into the book. Signed by the author on page [7]. Paper cover (with glassine protective covering). Copy 118 of 300 printed on Oxbow paper. Printed by Albert Martin, Inc., New York. Near fine. Octavo (6.5" x 9"), [1-8], 9-176, [177-178] uncut pages. This unique work by Surrealist Andre Breton (1896-1966), which takes its title from the Star card in the Tarot deck, is based on the theme of Arcanum 17, the Utopian quest for "light," which "can only be known by way of three paths: poetry, liberty, and love."

    Auction Info

    Bidding Begins Approx.
    16th Friday
    Auction Dates
    4th Wednesday
    Proxy Bidding Begins Approx.
    25 Days
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: N/A
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 66
    Auction Type
    Grand Format:  Heritage Live®:After Internet bidding closes, live bidding will take place through Your secret maximum bid placed prior to the live event will compete against the live bids. To maximize your chances of winning, enter realistic secret maximum bids on our site. Many of our proxy bidders are successful at winning lots in these auctions, and usually below their secret maximum. You can also place last minute bids directly with us by e-mailing or calling 1-866-835-3243. (Important note: Due to software and Internet latency, live bids may not register in time, so enter realistic proxy bids.)

    Grand Format Floor Sessions
    Proxy bidding ends ten minutes prior to the session start time. Live Proxy bidding on Heritage Live starts 24 hours before the live session begins and continues through the session. During the live auction event, bidding in person is encouraged, and Heritage Live includes streaming audio and often video during the event.

    Track Item