Miller, Henry

Published by Obelisk Press, Paris, 1935
Used Condition: Very Good Plus Stiff Card Wrappers
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Second edition,"Reprinted September 1935" on verso of half-title page, in an edition of 500 copies of the author's ground-breaking first published book. This edition switched from a printed to a plain grey stiff wrapper with removeable dustjacket due to the first printing being confiscated by British & U.S. custom authorities. Disposing of the dustjacket (stating title & author) left one with an anonymous looking book to sail through Customs. Discarding this dustjack en masse renders this dustjacket extremely scarce. This copy is partially unopened (pages 185 to 322 are unopened). Iron grey wrappers are tight, clean with a slight verticle crease down length of spine. Contents tight, clean without names nor marks. Pale green dustjacket designed by Maurice Kahan bears illustratration of a naked woman being lifted by a giant crab. Unclipped price states 50 Frs. The dustjacket's spine is heavily sunned with a 2" piece off top taking off 6 of the title letters. Dustjacket is chipped, with darkening at creases & top edge, with slight foxing. This scarce jacket is 95% complete with flaps in good condition. Professional archival conservation should improve the jacket's appearance, now in mylar. Shifreen & Jackson A9b. On front of jacket Ezra Pound's view is printed "At last an unprintable book that is fit to read." Laid into this book on a plain cream-colored sheet, the author has inscribed " For my good old friend - ein lieber Kerl - Fred Kann. Tue le bon Dieu le benisse ! Henry Miller , Big Sur, 1/24/55. Notre ami Perles ("Alf") est chez nous a present. Schone Grusse !" Artist Fred Kann was friend and benefactor to Henry Miller when he was down & out in Paris in the early1930's before his publication of his first book, Tropic of Cancer. Writer Alfred Perles also met Miller in his early Paris days and remained a very close friend throughout their lives. Miller fashioned the Tropic character "Carl" after Perles. Photo scans available. Please check on this book's availability before ordering. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 2498

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Publisher: Obelisk Press, Paris

Publication Date: 1935

Binding: Stiff Card Wrappers

Book Condition:Very Good Plus

Dust Jacket Condition: Good Minus

Signed: Inscribed and Signed By the Author

Edition: Second Edition.

Book Type: Consignment

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