Paris: Sansot .
An intensely personal prose poem written by Barney to her onetime lover Renée Vivien, created for the purpose of wooing her away from Baroness Hélène Zuylen de Nyevelt in 1904. The original copy was presented to Vivien and did achieve its goal, albeit briefly, and the two reconciled and traveled together to the island of Lesbos. They lived happily together for a short time and talked about starting a school of poetry for women like the one which Sappho, according to tradition, had founded on Lesbos some 2,500 years before. The reconciliation was short lived, however, and Vivien returned to the Baroness before a steep decline in her emotional life lead to her early death in 1910. Barney published this book anonymously after Vivien's death as a tribute to the love that the two shared.
A very good copy in original wrappers, sunning to covers and spine, mild edge-wear, bookseller's printed summary on end-paper with offsetting to opposing page, end-papers tanned and small water stain on rear end-paper. Quite uncommon.