Paris: Edward Titus at the Sign of the Black Manikin (1928). 49pp. 8vo.
Mary Butts (1890-1937) was an English modernist writer who published several novels and short stories.
Imaginary Letters takes the form of eight letters addressed (by an unnamed narrator) to the imagined mother of Boris Polterasky, a White Russian exile living a bohemian life in Paris. The narrator loves Boris but it quickly becomes clear that Boris’s interest lies elsewhere. Illustrated with line drawings by her friend Jean Cocteau (his first illustrations for a book not his own). Very good in sand colored cloth with marroon label on spine and front panel, light soiling and sunning to boards, endpapers lightly foxed. One of 250 copies printed.