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Paris (1964). 221pp. Soft cover. The autobiography of the famous French fabric designer, with mention of Poiret, Balenciage, Cocteau, and many others. One of an unknown number of special copies in a blue chiffon binding with pink borders, with a warm inscription by the author to the actor Marc Dantzer (an intimate in Cocteau's circle) on the title page. In addition, there is a special page bound into the book identifying the recipient. Very good in custom faux velvet fabric box.
Asphodel Editions: North Pomfret. 153pp. The first compilation of the photographic works of Frederick Rolfe (Baron Corvo) with an essay by Donald Rosenthal. One of 200 numbered copies printed in color on Mohawk Superfine and bound in Japanese cloth. Fine as issued. The book went out of print quickly after publication and is uncommon.
Eton: Shakespeare Head Press (1960). 90pp. A posthumously published collection of the Uranian poet's work, one of only two such collections issued under his name. Cottam was an Anglican chaplain, who worked for a time with his friend and fellow Uranian, E.E. Bradford at St. George's in Paris. A very good copy ex-library copy in very good dust jacket, with usual library markings on jacket and front and rear endpapers.. Uncommon.
New York: Appleton (1892). 272pp., adverts at end. The first English translation (by Clara Bell) of the author's famous novel, Noodlot, which originally appeared in 1890 in the author's native Dutch. Many have noted striking similarities with the novel and Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray, which appeared in the same year. Wilde is reputed to have enjoyed the novel, which centers around the androgynous Bertie and his attraction for Frank (who eventually kills Bertie when he interferes with his marriage plans.) A good copy in buckram boards, a bit worn and bumped at edges.
Paris: NRF (1924). The first novel, largely autobiographical, of the "jeune homo surréaliste," published the year before he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. One of 1100 numbered copies, this example being #4. Very good in original brown wrappers, light edge wear. With the frontispiece illustration of Crevel by his lover Eugene Maccown.
An original vintage silver print portrait (5.4" x 3.8") of René Crevel by Marc Allégret. Although undated, it would appear to date from the mid-1920s when Allégret was a student of Man Ray's and was taking hundreds of photographs and developing them himself in a small room in André Gide's Paris apartment. Allégret and Crevel had become friends around 1917 and remained so until Crevel's suicide in 1935. He eventually went on to make dozens of films and remains highly regarded in the field of cinematography. Crevel, one of the most exceptional of the Surrealist writers, was photographed and painted by many of the great artists of the period, but this image appears not to have been reproduced and does not appear in François Buot's biography, Crevel (1991). Very good, inscription on verso: "ex-coll. Marc Allegret/Photo de Marc Allegret/Rene Crevel." Mounted.
A very iconic photograph of the eccentric bohemian, taked at the Capri home of Islay Lyons and Kenneth Macpherson (and Norman Douglas). Cunard sports one of her famed ivory bracelets and creative hair nets. One of a series taken by Lyons at the same luncheon and likely the last time that they spent time together. Vintage photograph from the estate of Islay Lyons.
London: W.H. Allen & Co. (London) 1942. An interview between Nancy Cunard and George Padmore on the "colonial question" in which she articulates her own liberal views on "the race question." Very good in illustrated wrappers, light wear. Laid into a custom clamshell box, with the bookplate of Anthony Hobson.
Oxford: B.H.Blackwells (1917). The first of the Wheels anthologies, devised by the Sitwells to publish works of young poets (including themselves). Included in this preiere issue are works by Nancy Cunard, Osbert Sitwell, Edith Sitwell, Arnold James, Iris Tree, E.W. Tennant, Sacheverell Sitwell, Victor Tait Perowne and Helen Rootham. Warmly inscribed by Cunard to "Otto" in "1929 or so" and additionally in 1943 ("I would like to consign this to limbo, dear otto- so keep it dark."). Good in yellow boards, a bit of wear t covers with some abrasions, several pages roughly opened.
Paris: Eugène Renduel, 1835. 2 vols., 8vo. 560 pp. 438 pp. This dark comedic novel was commercially successful when issued and garnered the approval of Balzac ("Mais peut-être, avec autant de talent, étiez-vous tenu de tout savoir ? Le livre est d’une incontestable supériorité, de trop de supériorité même, il sera la lecture favorite de ceux qui dégustent, des hommes d’élite, et ceux-là sont en minorité."). It paints a picture of a "society rotten to the core, a society without faith, without law, without faith, without remorse and without pleasure." The protagonist, Edmond d'Offlize, boasts in a letter to a friend that he can seduce a very rich heiress whose face is so ugly that it would be acceptable "only in the land of the frogs." She is then pursued by d'Offlize and a friend (with whom he may share a romantic relationship) and a great muddle of manners ensues. The Marquis de Custine (1790-1857) was a French aristocrat, perhaps most famous for his travel book, Empire of the Czar: A Journey Through Eternal Russia, published in 1839. He was avowedly homosexual and lived openly in Paris with his lover Edward Saint-Barbe, who remained his life companion. Aloys, his anonymously published novel deals explicitly with homosexuality long before such subjects were commonly written about. See Muhlstein, A Taste for Freedom: The Life of Astolphe de Custine. Very good in later black boards, light wear, early signature on endpaper in volume 1. Uncommon.