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Act One. An Autobiography

by Hart, Moss

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New York: Random House, 1959. First edition. White cloth, a very good copy in lightly worn dust jacket. Hart's classic memoir, which is still in print after almost sixty years, inscribed to his friend and collaborator, the screenwriter Nunnally Johnson (spelled "Nullaly") "fondly and always," and dated July 1959.
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'21' Club Collection
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'21' Club Collection

by [Kriendler, Maxwell]

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[Various], 1972. Very good plus overall. One hundred personally inscribed volumes from the members' library of Manhattan's legendary '21' Club. From its beginnings as a Prohibition-era speakeasy, the '21' Club rose to extraordinary prominence, central to the cultural and social life of the well-to-do and in-the-know New Yorker. Known to Malcolm Forbes, Joan Crawford, J. Edgar Hoover, William Randolph Hearst, Jr.; to Salvador Dali and to Katherine Hepburn, the first woman to demand admittance in trousers; to Carl Sandburg and Ludwig Bemelmans; to nearly every eminent New York politician, writer, socialite, mover and shaker of the late '40s and '50s; Kriendler's '21' Club became a landmark in film (the lobby was a backdrop for a famous scene in ALL ABOUT EVE), literature and nonfiction, as well as in reality: classical music critic Deems Taylor's inscription in MUSIC TO MY EARS points to page 43, where he notes that a title, like "Beethoven's Fourth," "doesn't even have to be a name. Hail a New York… Read more
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[The Extraordinary Adventures of Karik and Valya] NEOBYKNOVENNYE PRIKLIUCHENIIA KARIKA I VALI
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[The Extraordinary Adventures of Karik and Valya] NEOBYKNOVENNYE PRIKLIUCHENIIA KARIKA I VALI

by Larri, Ia [Yan Larry]; Petrovich, S.

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Moscow: Izdatel'stvo detskoi literatury [Detizdat], 1937. Very good. Rare first edition of this subversive fantasy children's book, featuring surrealist photomontages of children interacting with insects after turning smaller than ant size. At the beginning of the Soviet era, fairy tales and fantasy books were renounced in favor of more ideologically suitable and didactic works, which the government enforced by forming a state publishing policy and creating its own publishing arm. In the early years of state control, critics argued that fantasy and fairy tale books "harmed children's fragile minds [and] taught superstitions and mysticism" (Goodwin 51). By the 1930s, they began to appear in new Soviet clothing through the leadership of writers like Samuil Marshak and Maxim Gorky, but championing these new works was a difficult and dangerous task. The publisher of this book, the Moscow branch of Detizdat, was the state publishing house for children's literature; Marshak headed the Leningrad branch… Read more
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WHITE WHYS
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WHITE WHYS

by Brown, Carol

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n.p.: n.p., 1969. Very good plus. Unique collaged artist's book likely created by a white teacher of Black children, in which the artist grapples with the limits of her own whiteness during the civil rights era. This handmade book by a white teacher ruminates about her relationship to and responsibility for her Black students through art, scrapbooking, and quotations of Black authors. Apparently created by one Carol Brown (her original color frontispiece photo of a small group of Black children is credited on the colophon), this in many ways is an attempt to "see the water" of whiteness: "He said it just in passing that we whites can consider the racial problem once, twice, and then put it down for a while but for blacks it is their life [...] they can't put it down and ignore it." And while there is some overly simplistic and utopian thinking ("people are people"), the book's punning title seems to recognize and acknowledge the collective implication and responsibility of white people to wrestle… Read more
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CADMUS: Or, A Treatise on the Elements of Written Language [...] With an essay on the mode of...
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CADMUS: Or, A Treatise on the Elements of Written Language [...] With an essay on the mode of teaching the surd or deaf, and consequently dumb, to speak

by Thornton, William

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[Philadelphia]: [American Philosophical Society], 1793. Very good. Presentation copy extract from the Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Vol. III, featuring the first US publication on the education of deaf people. A prize dissertation proposing spelling reform into 30 letters to represent English, the enduring legacy of this article is in the related essay at the rear on teaching deaf people to speak. This essay suggests different strategies depending on the age of the learner: just as in acquiring foreign languages, children have more practical facility than adults. But for older students, learning in conjunction with reading is important - though greatly complicated by the lack of standardized spelling (a problem that inspired the main portion of this pamphlet, and also tackled by Webster in this era). The essay also briefly mentions sign language. A friend of Thornton's, Thomas Gallaudet, would later found early educational programs for deaf students. A landmark in American… Read more
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SELECTED GEMS OF POETRY, COMEDY AND DRAMA
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SELECTED GEMS OF POETRY, COMEDY AND DRAMA

by Gilbert, Mercedes

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Boston: The Christopher Publishing House, 1931. Very good plus. Signed first edition, inscribed by Gilbert to a theatre critic and referencing her current role in the first Broadway play with an all-Black cast, the Pulitzer Prize-winning GREEN PASTURES. Gilbert was born in Florida and trained as a nurse, but - in a progression rather unusual - she found success as a singer, songwriter, and actress when she failed to find work in medicine. In the 1920s, Gilbert wrote the lyrics for a number of popular songs (like "Decatur Street Blues"), and appeared in silent films (including BODY AND SOUL, where Paul Robeson made his film debut) before landing major roles on Broadway. She firmly established her reputation in the role of Moses's wife Zipporah for the entire five-year run of GREEN PASTURES, in which she was still appearing at the time of this book's publication and inscription. She later played the female lead in Langston Hughes's Broadway play THE MULATTO (after Rose McClendon), and established her… Read more
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Original Signed Fashion Sketch
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Original Signed Fashion Sketch

by Mizrahi, Isaac

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n.p.: n.p., 1994. Fine. Original color sketch for two designs from Mizrahi's legendary Fall 1994 show for New York Fashion Week - the basis for the classic documentary UNZIPPED. Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi's 12 April 1994 runway show for New York Fashion Week was a sensation. It included every major supermodel of the period (Cindy Crawford, Niki Taylor, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell) and boasted the attendance of celebrities such as Robert De Niro and Richard Gear. The show also featured the use of a scrim that allowed the audience see the models changing between walks, lending the already electrifying collection the air of a theatrical event. The show was the climax of the 1995 documentary UNZIPPED, which made Mizrahi's name as famous as contemporaries such as Calvin Klein and Jean Paul Gaultier. That film is widely viewed - along with ROGER AND ME, PARIS IS BURNING, and HOOP DREAM - as one of the best nonfiction narrative films of the 1990s: "the gold standard of fashion films and one that… Read more
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UCHIKAESU NARUTO NO KISHINAMI [打回鳴戸岸波濤; Naruto of Kishinami Strikes Back]
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UCHIKAESU NARUTO NO KISHINAMI [打回鳴戸岸波濤; Naruto of Kishinami Strikes Back]

by Utagawa, Kunimatsu; Inano, Toshitsune [Ineno Toshitsune]; Kawahara, Fūrai; Wakita, Suekichi

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Tokyo: 法木徳兵衛 [Noriki Tokubē], 1884. Very good plus. Samurai-themed historical novel in the cheaply printed, heavily illustrated popular genre of Kusazōshi, the Japanese companion to the Victorian dime novel, with the striking original color woodblock covers. A saga of vengeance set in the early Edo period among the Hachisuka clan, a retelling of dramatic historical events involving samurai. The bright woodblock color-printed covers and the frequent double-page woodblock spreads are among the flashy traits that place this book in the genre of Kusazōshi [草双紙], popular illustrated works produced during the Edo (1600-1868) and early Meiji (1868-1912) periods. Artists Inano and Utagawa both worked primarily as illustrators for newspapers: this crossover from newspaper to cheap fiction was very common in the early Meiji period, when woodblock illustration and moveable type printing mixed with the hunger for news and popular entertainment. The particularly lovely cover design plays on… Read more
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ILLUSTRATIONS OF POLITICAL ECONOMY
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ILLUSTRATIONS OF POLITICAL ECONOMY

by Martineau, Harriet

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London: Charles Fox, 1833. Very good. 20-volume collection of Martineau's landmark series of tales popularizing concepts in the growing field of economics for a working-class audience, laying the groundwork for the social reform novels of Dickens and Eliot. From a working-class background herself, Harriet Martineau began publishing as a freelance writer after her father's textile manufacturing business failed. The first volume in ILLUSTRATIONS OF POLITICAL ECONOMY, published the same year as Parliament's First Reform Bill, dramatized concepts of Adam Smith; after its immediate and unexpected success, Martineau continued with the series to narrate ideas from David Ricardo, Thomas Malthus, Jeremy Bentham, and more. By bringing concepts of political economic theory into the sphere of popular readership, Martineau gave reformers a powerful tool to address the social costs of industrialization. Her series balances empathy and logic in addressing how "quality of life was compromised by, rather than… Read more
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POSTHUMOUS HUMANITY: A Study of Phantoms
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POSTHUMOUS HUMANITY: A Study of Phantoms

by D'Assier, Adolphe

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London: George Redway, 1887. First UK edition. Very good plus. Rare first edition in English of this investigation of life after death, seeking to explain scientifically phantoms, lycanthropes, vampires, and Doubles by reference to "magnetic fluid" and the mesmeric ether. Energetic and detailed treatise on the "post-mortuary personality," a creature mainly distinguishable from the common Ghost by the author's vigorous application of scientific terminology and scientistic aesthetics. Writing with the noble aim of "rescu[ing] the people of our epoch from the enervating hallucinations of spiritism," D'Assier - a self-described Positivist and follower of Comte - disavows supernaturalism and superstition even as he finds accounts of incubi, werewolfism, vampirism, and astral projection entirely convincing, incorporating them neatly into his mesmeric ether theory. With an appendix detailing the results of a survey distributed throughout India via the many outposts of the Theosophical Society, in order to… Read more
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WOMEN, RACE & CLASS
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WOMEN, RACE & CLASS

by Davis, Angela Y.

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New York: Random House, 1981. Near fine in near-fine jacket. Inscribed first edition, first printing of this landmark work in intersectional theory and activism, a historical evaluation of the overlapping impacts of gender, labor, and race. In addition to examining the modern women's liberation movements of the 1960s and '70s, Davis reaches back to the 19th century with essays on economic, political, and activist issues centered on the experiences of Black women, including a Marxist feminist analysis of the labor of enslaved Black women and an analysis of the problems engendered by the upper-class white women leaders of the suffrage movement who rejected an intersectional approach to their aims. One of the most influential works of modern scholarship that contributed significantly to integrated studies of race, class, and gender in the academy, WOMEN RACE & CLASS also had a far-reaching impact on the larger US public, bringing many academically rooted, historically based theories into mainstream… Read more
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Collection of 19th-Century Aerial Photographs and Issue of THE CENTURY ILLUSTRATED MONTHLY MAGAZINE
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Collection of 19th-Century Aerial Photographs and Issue of THE CENTURY ILLUSTRATED MONTHLY MAGAZINE

by Doughty, John G.

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n.p.; New York: n.p.; The Century Co, 1886. Very good overall. Collection of 12 early aerial photographs, taken from an untethered balloon and later published with the photographer's narrative in 1886. Photographer John G. Doughty and balloonist Alfred E. Moore's 1885 flight marked only the second time in US history that photographs had been taken from an untethered balloon (the first untethered balloon photographs, taken over Boston in 1860, suffered from gas exposure to the negatives, and achieved mixed results) and so represent some of the earliest aerial photographs ever taken. Following in the footsteps of Thomas Baldwin's 1786 AIROPAIDIA, the first book to contain illustrations of the ground from a balloonist's view, Doughty's images of Winsted, Connecticut manage to convey both a sense of artistry and the naive excitement of a child with a camera on their first trip on an airplane. Doughty and Moore's balloon ascents are brought to life in Doughty's narrative, published in THE CENTURY… Read more
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AS IT MAY BE
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AS IT MAY BE

by Rogers, Bessie Story

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Boston: Richard G. Badger, 1905. Very good plus. Scarce first edition of this tale of a woman who dies in 1905 and finds herself in a future utopia. After her death in 1905, protagonist Mary Tillman wakes up alone, feeling "queer and unnatural." She soon learns that she has traveled 1000 years in the future, filled with incredible social and technological advances. With poverty, disease, and even death no longer a danger, the people of 2905 are vegetarians and have developed marvelous electric flying machines and weather-predicting devices. They are also quite curious to hear of the hardships of people from Tillman's time: "'Do you mean to tell me,' interrupted Mr. Linden, 'that in your day people were very sick and suffered - then spent fortunes in trying to get well?'" Within the larger wave of utopian fiction that enjoyed popularity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Rogers here joins the ranks of other women writers (e.g. Mary Griffith, Annie Denton Cridge, Mary E. Bradley Lane,… Read more
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MARILYN Complete Run
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MARILYN Complete Run

by [The Amalgamated Press]; Fernando Fernandez; Jose Gonzales; Luis Garcia

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(London): (The Amalgamated Press, Ltd. / Fleetway), 1965. First editions. Very good plus overall. The publisher's own archive of the full run of the popular mid-century British romance weekly. Precursor to the aspirational women's magazine, the post-war British romance comic boom owed its exploding success to the newly identified and newly profitable teenage-girl market: among MARILYN's contemporary peers were ROXY, MIRABELLE, and VALENTINE. As David Roach writes, "For every boys' comic there was an equivalent (or two) for girls." The decade-long run of MARILYN included weekly installments from insufferable advice columnist "Joan Courage," always eager to tell a lovelorn girl to be less bold, more compliant, less forward, more confident, less sexual, more attractive, and less hopeful: in short, to always say Yes to her parents and No to boys. The comics themselves, while not lacking in simple moralism, offer merciful release from the advertised world of bosom exercises and ankle-reducing diets,… Read more
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[Nils Holgersson's Wonderful Journey Across Sweden] NILS HOLGERSSONS UNDERBARA RESA GENOM SVERIGE
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[Nils Holgersson's Wonderful Journey Across Sweden] NILS HOLGERSSONS UNDERBARA RESA GENOM SVERIGE

by Lagerlöf, Selma

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Stockholm: Albert Bonniers Förlag, 1907. Near fine. Inscribed first edition of the best known book by the first woman and first Swedish person to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, beating out fellow nominees Joseph Conrad, Thomas Hardy, and Mark Twain. Selma Lagerlöf was a vocal suffragette, a scholar who defied her father's efforts to stifle her education, and a writer who bucked the fashionable realism of her early 20th-century literary peers. In her lifetime, Lagerlöf accepted her public image as a "naïve, kind spinster who told simple stories from her homeland"; she stipulated her love letters with other women not be published for 50 years after her death. She was selected for the 1909 Nobel Prize "in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings," all of which are on display in this book (NobelPrize.org). This title is Lagerlöf's most famous work, so beloved that its main character and author once adorned Swedish currency.… Read more
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До́ктор Жива́го [DOCTOR ZHIVAGO]
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До́ктор Жива́го [DOCTOR ZHIVAGO]

by Pasternak, Boris

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Milano [Milan]: Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore, 1958. Near fine in very good plus dust jacket. First edition in Russian of Pasternak's epic, its international success helping to cement his Nobel Prize win of the same year. The true first edition of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO was published not in Boris Pasternak's native Russian, but in Italian. Pasternak's original manuscript was famously smuggled out of Russia into the hands of Milanese publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli after it was rejected from the NOVY MIR literary journal for its perceived anti-Soviet sentiment. Hoping to use the 1958 Brussels Exposition as an opportunity to undermine the Soviets, the CIA paid Dutch publisher Mouton to quickly print "over a thousand" essentially pirated copies. American agents then used the Vatican City pavilion at the Exposition to surreptitiously circulate the CIA-sponsored edition. Fearing official retribution, many of the Russians who received copies "ripp[ed] off the cover, divid[ed] the pages, and stuff[ed] them in… Read more
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Handwritten manuscript of THE MISTRESS OF SHENSTONE
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Handwritten manuscript of THE MISTRESS OF SHENSTONE

by Barclay, Florence L.

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n.p.: n.p., 1910. Very good. Original draft, entirely written out by hand, of the sequel to the international sensation THE ROSARY. While Florence Barclay was working on this manuscript, she was in the midst of a life-changing experience: her romance novel THE ROSARY had just become one of the biggest blockbuster novels of the Edwardian era. It was not only a runaway bestseller for years on end, but also parodied by PUNCH, made into at least five films, and described by the Queen of England herself as her favorite book of the year. According to Rachel Anderson, it was "said to have been read and wept over by every housemaid in the British Isles." THE MISTRESS OF SHENSTONE was something of its sequel, featuring characters first introduced in THE ROSARY. THE MISTRESS OF SHENSTONE is an exquisite romance between a widow and the man who accidentally killed her husband: like THE ROSARY, it combines a moving arc of emotional development with an alluring charisma between the main characters. When Barclay… Read more
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The Complete Nonesuch Dickens
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The Complete Nonesuch Dickens

by Dickens, Charles; Meynell, Francis; Waugh, Arthur; Walpole, Hugh

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Bloomsbury: Nonesuch Press, 1938. Fine overall. Uncommonly complete and exquisitely preserved set of the landmark Nonesuch Press publication, one of the most fully realized and beautifully executed Dickens collections ever produced - this with the original packing material and documents and in rare, likely original dust jackets. "[P]ortable and handy enough even for those who like to read their Dickens in bed; imposing enough for those to whom a shelf of fine books is the most pleasant of pictures": such were Francis Meynell's goals when he designed the Nonesuch Dickens. Meynell had a hand in all the aesthetic decisions that make this set an achievement, from the choice of paper (which "delights the paper fancier") to the typeface ("of conscious 'beauty' it is happily free") to the cloth chosen for the bindings ("a brave array of reds and yellows and blues and browns"). The Nonesuch Dickens includes classic titles such as OLIVER TWIST, NICHOLAS NICKELBY, A TALE OF TWO CITIES, and BLEAK HOUSE, as… Read more
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THE WONDERS OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD : Being an Account of the Tryals of Several Witches Lately...
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THE WONDERS OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD : Being an Account of the Tryals of Several Witches Lately Excuted [sic] in New-England

by Mather, Cotton

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London: John Dunton, 1693. Very good. The scarce first London edition of the most famous contemporary account of the Salem Witch Trials. Before the Salem Witch Trials, Cotton Mather had already established himself as a leading voice in the investigation of witchcraft within the New England Puritan community; contemporaries like Robert Calef argued that Mather's 1689 book MEMORABLE PROVIDENCES "conduced much to the kindling of those Flames" of the Trials (MORE WONDERS OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD, 152). Indeed, Mather's description of the Trials reads as a defense of his own religious views, and of the larger Puritan society. He frames their community struggles into an epic narrative of Good vs. Evil, in which the Puritans are uniquely suited to triumph. It is this high-stakes combination of the righteously justified with the unjustifiable that makes Mather's account so perversely compelling: "like a criminal who protests his innocence, the more he scribbled, the more he disclosed" (Miller 201). In the… Read more
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VVV No. 4, February 1944
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VVV No. 4, February 1944

by Hare, David; Carrington, Leonora; Lamantia, Philip; Césaire, Aimé; Tanning, Dorothea; Duchamp, Marcel

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New York: VVV, 1944. First edition. Near fine. Final issue of the multidisciplinary surrealist journal, including a version of Leonora Carrington's "Down Below," appearing here for the first time in English. Edited by Hare and with editorial advisors André Breton, Max Ernst, and Marcel Duchamp, the ambitious VVV published avant-garde works for a US audience - at least as much an audience as might be found for the disrupted and disruptive output of European surrealists in exile. This issue includes literary work and essays, in French and English, by Philip Lamantia, Aimé Césaire, Jean Rollin, Benjamin Péret, and artwork by Julio Diego, Enrico Donati, Marcel Duchamp, Ernst, Yves Tanguy, Dorothea Tanning, and numerous others. Among the notable contents here are a version of Leonora Carrington's "Down Below," "as told to Jeanne Megnen, translated from the French by Victor Llona," along with several reproductions of Carrington's artwork. An exceptionally well preserved copy. 11'' x 8.75''. Original… Read more
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Biblio is a socially responsible company

Social Responsibility

Did you know that since 2004, Biblio has used its profits to build 16 public libraries in rural villages of South America?