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Mr. Knife Miss Fork

Illustrated by Max Ernst (German (active in France and the United States), 1891–1976), In collaboration with Man Ray (American, 1890–1976), Author René Crevel (French, 1900–1935), Translator Kay Boyle (American, 1902–1992), Publisher Black Sun Press (founded in 1927), Binding by A.J. Gonon (French, 20th century)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

G. R. Minkoff, Bibliography of Black Sun Books, A41; Rainwater 30; Roth, Book of 101 Books, pp. 66-67


Overall: 18.4 x 12.3 x 1.8 cm (7 1/4 x 4 13/16 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 19 original photograms

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: Black Sun Press, 1931) 18 cm; [2 ff.] 38 pp. [1 f.], plus 19 plates; original publisher’s gilt- and blind-stamped black buckram (red cloth box).

Surreal literary illustrations.

Paris: Black Sun Press, 1931


Gardner Colby Walworth (born 1878; bookplate); Ars Libri, Ltd., Boston (Cat. 142 [2008], no. 44), from whom purchased by MFA, March 26, 2008.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund