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Les Cahiers Du Collège de ’Pataphysique.Written in French. Numéros 1 à 28 (années 77 à 85).

No 1 | No 2 | No 3-4 | No 5-6 | No 7 | No 8-9 | No 10 | No 11 | No 12 | No 13 | No 15 | No 16 | No 17-18 | No 19 | No 20 | No 21 | No 22-23 | No 24 | No 25 | No 26-27 | No 28

No 1 (15 clinamen 77 - 6 avril 1950 vulg.)

Presentation of the College and its task

Unpublished texts by Jarry, L.-P. Fargue, Germain Nouveau, Alphonse Allais, Jules Laforgue, G. Apolinaire, Jacques Rigaut, Julien Torma, Anaïs Ségalas, Émile Rossignol, Raymond Queneau, François Laloux. Studies by Sainmont (on Jarry), by Maigret (on Psychotechnics), by Dussow (on Tautology), by Robillot (on Rimbaud), by Cromorne (on César Franck). Beginning of the serial Les fils d´Ariane by Jean Marvier. Epiphanies. Spoonerisms. Order of the Great Gidouille. Obituary of Mélanie Le Plumet. Report of the Inaugural Session.

No 2 (15 absolu 78 - 22 septembre 1951 vulg.)

Commentary for the Practical Construction of the Time Machine

Important text by Jarry published under the name of Dr Faustroll, with a very detailed introduction by Sainmont. This issue of the review constituted the second printing of this Commentary.


No 3-4 (22 haha 78 - 27 octobre 1951 vulg.)

The Problem of Ubu

This large and abundantly illustrated issue (all unpublished documents) remains the basis for any study of Ubu. The history of the plays and their genesis was clarified herein, as was the impact that Ubu Roi had in the press of 1896 (32 columns of extraordinary excerpts). Many unpublished texts by Jarry on Ubu including the first act of the second version of Ubu cocu (then unpublished). Texts by Jacques Prévert, Martin Luther, Antonin Artaud, R.P. de Ravignan, Max Jacob (on Ubu and Jesus Christ), and François Laloux.


No 5-6 (22 clinamen 79)

’Pataphysics and the Symbolist Era

This stout volume evoked, with all the necessary variety, the luxuriant and aberrant atmosphere within which Jarry’s works first developed: one of the most fanciful and abundant periods of French literary history. Unpublished texts by Paul Valéry (1897), Alphonse Allais, Général Boulanger, André Gide (letter on Karagheuz, 1905), L.-P. Fargue, Erik Satie, Paterne Berrichon, Franc-Nohain, an incredible poem by Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, the Testament of Sainte-Beuve. With, in addition, three unpublished texts and four unpublished drawings by Jarry (whose Inscription concerns the saga of the Old Lady*), a study by Justin Saget of the picturesque drama of the relationship between Jarry and Berthe de Courrière, an important commentary by Sainmont on Jarry’s difficult play Caesar-Antichrist ... And an analysis of the faking of letters by Rimbaud from Abyssinia (unpublished documents), articles on Lemice-Terrieux, prince of hoaxers, by O. Votka, on general Poilloüe and Allais, on Deibler (the state executioner, by Roger Grenier) and articles by Caradec, Loize, G. Petitfaux, Jean Brun, J. Mauvoisin, Lutembi, Quatre-zoneilles, etc.
* P. 7, 3rd line: read "pinceur" and not "primeur".


No 7 (25 phalle 79)

Tribute to Julien Torma

Préparée pour le Cinquantenaire de la naissance de Julien Torma (vulg. 1902-1933), cette livraison rassemble le résultat des recherches sur cet écrivain, dont on a pu écrire qu’il était le plus grand Pataphysicien du XXe siècle. Importants inédits, études biographiques et critiques détaillées. En outre, textes inédits de Jarry, Arthur Cravan (avec photos inédites), Antonin Artaud, James Joyce, Raymond Queneau, André Martel. Avec La Cantatrice chauve (1ère partie), ce Cahier livrait au public français la première œuvre imprimée d’Eugène Ionesco.
[en]Assembled for the fiftieth anniversary of the birth of Julien Torma (vulg. 1902-1933), this issue brought together the results of the College’s arduous researches on this writer, who has been described as the greatest Pataphysician of the twentieth century. Important, unpublished, biographical and critical studies. In addition, unpublished texts by Jarry, Arthur Cravan (with unpublished photos), Antonin Artaud, James Joyce, Raymond Queneau, André Martel. With the publication of The Bald Primadonna (Part 1), this Cahier made available to the French public the first printed work from the pen of Eugène Ionesco.


No 8-9 (25 sable 80)

On mystical thought

Unpublished texts by Julien Torma. Correspondence of Torma with Max Jacob, Robert Desnos, and René Daumal. A long unpublished work by Jarry: Les Alcoholisés, and a study of his Absolute Love by Maurice Saillet. End of Ionesco’s The Bald Primadonna, followed by an excavation of its sources (the Method Assimil) and a study by Sainmont of The Lesson. Texts by François Laloux, Francis Ponge, Claudine Chonez, André Blavier. Sainmont’s study of Queneau’s Les Enfants du Limon.


No 10 (15 clinamen 80)


This 168-page Cahier, stuffed with unpublished illustrations, some of which are sensational, served as the Patalogue for the Expojarrysition (in the year 80, 1953 vulg.); but it was not a simple catalogue: through its analyses, its commentaries, its inclusion of unpublished works, the forty pages devoted to Faustroll, it was and remains one of the most important and most complete general works on Jarry and the necessary foundation for any subsequent research..


No 11 (25 merdre 80)

On the Wisdom of Nations

Accompanying the Supplement to the Jarry Exhibition Catalogue (more essential documentation) and the reproduction of an unknown lithograph by Jarry reconstituted from five fragments, we find in this publication: four great unpublished works by Jarry, poems by Germain Nouveau, J. Prévert, Pierre Louÿs, a letter from Lacenaire, studies by Marceau Jouhandel (the sensational dialogue on the Finalu children), André Martel, and especially the article by V. Tartuca on “The Master of Bagnoles” (one of the most beautiful speculations published in the Cahiers) as well as Boris Vian’s unforgettable “Letter on the Wisdom of Nations”


No 12 (22 absolu 81)

Vacation duty

A strange poem by Jarry and a long text by Alphonse Allais, Le Petit Marquoir, both published from the manuscripts for the first time. And on page 12 an Elsenorian word from T.S. Opach.


No 13-14 (18 décervelage 81)

Rabelais pataphysician

This bumper issue is a Rabelaisian Summa and, according to its editors, a veritable Treatise on Pataphysics in filigree. Rabelais, whom Jarry proclaimed his master, is finally studied from a point of view which would have suited them both; and the results are quite convincing. Note that the College managed to publish documents emanating from Rabelais himself, which had never been reproduced until now. One of the most significant works of the College, at the same time one of the most indepth. In the section Belles-Lettres, anagrams of André Breton.


No 15 (23 clinamen 81)

Jarry Pantagruelist

A vast survey of the role of Rabelais in the thought of Jarry: Twenty pages of unpublished texts by Jarry and an account of the interminable history of his Pantagruel by Sainmont. Important index compiled by Caradec of Rabelais in the work of Jarry. The first Merdical Chronicle of Dr Chaise. A pretty tale by Charles Cros, an article on Sade, a study by Mauvoisin of Robillot the imaginary explorer, very beautiful letters from the new Optimates (notably those of L. Barnier, J. Ferry, L. Fieu, etc.)


No 16 (1er absolu 82)

Treatise on Patagrams by René Daumal

This treatise is published here in full for the first time. It is arguably the most sparkling work of fantasy and variety by the author of A Night of Serious Drinking. A multitude of unsuspected drawings by Daumal. A scintillating display of unpublished anagrams and the usual chronicles.


No 17-18 (15 haha 82)

Centenary of Allais-Rimbaud

Allais and Rimbaud were born on the same day! Only the College had the mental flexibility to accommodate this unity of genital coincidence ! Hence this 168 page Cahier with its purple and silver cover, presented by Jacques Prévert. Numerous and excellent unpublished works and documents on Allais. We tried to avoid stories and commonplaces that have been rehashed a hundred times concerning this great humourist. These studies opened up new perspectives, which have since been "exploited". It was more difficult to find anything new on Rimbaud. Yet a sensational discovery regarding a drawing by Rimbaud and a few other documents, many of them unpublished, cast a new light on the intriguing preface to the Reliquary (which was suppressed) and on some savoury Rimbaldian epiphanies. An unknown poem by Max Jacob. A study on How to Get Rid of It by Ionesco.


No 19 (3 clinamen 82)

The Future or Not

A varied and evocative collection around this pataphysical theme: unpublished works by Jarry, Charles Cros (a strange "science fiction" text), Julien Torma, Boris Vian, Raymond Queneau, André Martel, and N. Arnaud. Studies by Luc Étienne on Spoonerisms, by Petitfaux on Lyrical Arithmetic, by Bouché on the Archeopteryx ... A precise analysis of the enormities inflicted on us by Rimbaud’s Centenary. A play from Ionesco, The Future is in Eggs. The Order of the Grannde Gidouille. Letter from René Clair. XIXth Centenary of Nero.


No 20 (15 gidouille 82)

Supplement to the Ubu Cahier

After a scintillating presentation of the Quincunxes administration of the College by Henri Bouché, this Cahier takes stock of studies on Ubu. Jarry’s unpublished Onésime (16 pages) with a letter and a drawing, also unpublished. Studies by Sainmont, Shattuck, René Druart, Norge, Lutembi. Let us not omit the important article on Darien by Sainmont, that of Bouché on Steinberg, that of M.-L. Aulard on Le Crapouillot, a letter from N. Arnaud to Ms. Françoise Giroud. And an intriguing polemic with Professor Mondor.


No 21 (22 sable 83)

On morality

One of the most uplifting (as well as the most enjoyable) publications of the College. The texts (naturally unpublished) by Torma, Germain Nouveau, Général Pittié, Christophe, Raymond Queneau, Boris Vian, François Laloux, Armen Lubin, etc., together with the Monograph on the Palotin, the extracts from a great Casuist, a few pages on Allais (and on the "plundering" of no 17-18), on "surrealist honesty", on Sincerity (to be examined) and the like, as well as a mass of moral epiphanies — constitute a veritable small encyclopedia for those with an appetite for values. In addition, the end of Luc Étienne’s study begun in no 19.


No 22-23 (23 palotin 83)

Navigation of Faustroll

This large Cahier was ever one of the supreme goals of the College: Faustroll is the work of Jarry which influences all the others; it is one of the great books of Universal Literature; for the College it is the greatest. We know that this work has been more celebrated (and vaguely so) than understood. In this anthology, opened by Raymond Queneau, we endeavoured to shed light on the very precise allusions which abound in the journey that Dr. Faustroll, accompanied by the monkey Bosse-de-Nage and the bailiff Panmuphle, made through the islands which represent contemporary literature, science and art. A very rich unpublished iconography.


No 24 (28 phalle 83)

The Oath of the Little Poles

One of Dr Faustroll’s 27 Equivalent Books is The Oath of the Little Men by Marceline Desbordes- Valmore. Its pataphysical interest due to its presence in the Faustrollian Library, as well as its extreme rarity as a book, compelled us to make it accessible to members of the College.

No 25 (3 décervelage 84)

On the Être "on" and on language

Language is the start (and end) of all aberrations. This is what the Canonical Texts (Jarry, Jean Ferry, René Daumal, Boris Vian, François Laloux. A. Martel, J. Linard) and the Technical Studies (Opach, Barnier, Arnaud, Renato Mucci, etc.) of this somewhat ardent issue demonstrate. In addition an analysis of Advertising, very beautiful Beatitudes, a Soviet scale of remuneration for literary work, a memo on military brothels. End of the serial Les Fils d´Ariane by Jean Marvier.


No 26-27 (9 merdre 84)

Fiftieth anniversary of Jarry

A very beautiful and very rich Cahier. Texts by François Laloux, Franc-Nohain, Prévert, Torma, Balzac, René Crevel, Jean Ferry, Stefan Themerson, Michel Leiris, Sully-Prudhomme, photos by Arthur Cravan. Collegial texts from Sainmont, Saillet, Bouché, P. Pia, Caradec, Petitfaux, N. Kamenev, Cl. Ernoult, Luc Étienne, M.-L. Aulard (a charming study of Poetry and the Police). Each year of Jarry’s life is evoked by one or more unpublished documents (including a letter of Jarry’s which refers to Dr. Saltas as a "fool"). In all 60 pages. Publication of the last act of the second Ubu Cocu (unpublished). IX Fiftieth anniversary of the accession of Copernicus to the canonicate. Unforgettable Beatitudes.


No 28 (1er absolu 85)


The Final Word: a hand-written laundry note from Jarry. Jarry by Julien Torma (from Euphorisms). A drawing by Pierre Bonnard.