Stockholm: Odyssé, 1953-55. First edition. Numbers 1-4 4to, mimeographed from typescript and holograph stencil, and side-stapled in mimeographed folders. Subsequent issues 8vo, offset printed and saddle-stapled. 8 numbers in 6 issues (Vol. 1 No. 2-3 and Vol. 1 No. 6-7 are double issues). Text in Swedish. Light toning to extremities of the 4to numbers, and a touch of creasing to extremities, else near fine. Item #6103
All issues published of this rare avant-garde journal edited by Dag Wedholm, with the first printed artwork by Oyvind Fahlström and contributions from Marcel Duchamp.
Wedholm, a member of the avant-garde group Metamorfos, was a close collaborator with Fahlström. The magazine documents his earliest turn from Surrealism to his more conceptual works. No. 2/3 prints Fahlström’s manifesto on concrete poetry, “Hätila ragulpr på fåtskliaben”, along with an essay on his hero Sade. Other issues features poems and translations by Fahlström, including a translation of Artaud. No. 4 contains a one page text by Marcel Duchamp “Rrosa Selavsdotter anser…” translated by Gösta Kriland and Ilmar Laaben. For the most part the journal was devoted to text works, but Nr. 5 also reproduces drawings by Claes Giertta, Gösta Kriland, and Sudap Sunurp.
Other contributors across the numbers include Kurt Schwitters, Alfred Jarry, Robert Desnos, Jean Tardieu, Lucien Becker, Jean-Pierre Duprey, Pierre-Jean Jouve, Gertrude Stein, Henri Michaux, Ingemar Gustafson, Ilmar Laaban, Antonin Artaud, Thore Åkerstrom, Francis Picabia, Pär Wistrand, Jacques Prevert, Arne Häggqvist, Från Sverige, Bo Svetterlind, and Nils-Olof Andersson.
OCLC returns only a few Swedish libraries with holdings of Odyssé as of November 2021; no North American holdings.