Paris: Edward Titus (1928). 84pp.
The first edition of this delightful production, written and illustrated by Barnes. The work portrays, in disguised form, many of the cultural and artistic elite of the Parisian avant garde of the time- Natalie Barney, Robert McAlmon (who financed the book), Janet Flanner, among others. This is the exceedingly rare deluxe issue, number 9 of 10 copies signed by the author anonymously as "A Lady of Fashion" on Vergé de Vidalon. Additionally inscribed by Barnes to her literary executor, "For Hank O'Neal - / from Djuna Barnes / with affection - / N.Y. 1979" on front free endpaper. Laid in is a 1 page typescript, "New page for Ladies Almanack," heavily edited in red ink by Barnes, possibly prepared for the 1972 Harper & Row facsimile edition. A landmark title in lesbian literature.
Very good in illustrated wrappers, light wear to covers and spine with light loss on spine, some occasional small flecks and faint fading, original glassine outer jacket (tanned and chipped, preserved in four fragments) and presumed original glassine sleeve; browning confined to extreme outer edges of contents, light smudging to end papers, illustrations bright, publisher's prospectus laid in; preserved in custom cloth folding case. Frontispiece, title-page vignette and 21 illustrations by the author, all hand-colored.