Title: Primitive African Sculpture (May, 1933)
Author: Henry Moore [The Lefevre Galleries]
Published by Alex. Reid & Lefevre Ltd., 1933

4to; unpaginated [pp. 32, 1 (ads)]; 117-item catalogue; 11 mounted b/w plates. Unsigned foreword by Henry Moore — only recently identified as such, see Wilkinson (ed.), _Henry Moore: Writings and Conversations_ (2002), p. 14. This is Moore’s first published statement on ‘primitive art’. As Moore writes in his foreword, this is ‘the first comprehensive survey of primitive African Sculpture in this country’. Moore claims that these sculptures ‘helped the artist to realise the intrisic emotional significance of shapes as distinct from their representational values’, and that they possess ‘intense vitality’ and are ‘dominated by sex and religion’. Near fine copy, noting only one or two very faint marks to the covers (but see photographs); internally fine throughout. A scarce and important document in the development of modern British art.