“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”
The Illuminating Diary of a Professional Lady. Intimately Illustrated by Ralph Barton.
First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “To Rudolf Stulik, with very best wishes of Anita Loos. London, Aug 21, 1926”. Originally published in the US in 1925. Austrian-born Rudolf Stulik was a London chef whose Restaurant de La Tour Eiffel at 1 Percy Street was a favourite haunt of the Bloomsbury Group and the Vorticists, counting among its regulars Augustus John and Nancy Cunard. In the early sixties William Roberts put his memories of the restaurant down on canvas in his painting The Vorticists at the Restaurant de la Tour Eiffel: Spring, 1915 (in the Tate Gallery collection), which depicts Stulik in the company of his illustrious patrons, among them Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis and Cuthbert Hamilton. Roberts said of Stulik’s restaurant: “In my memory la cuisine française and Vorticism are indissolubly linked” (The Listener, 21 March 1957).
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Octavo. White cloth-backed red cloth boards, titles to spine and front board in black. With the dust jacket. Boards a little worn and bowed, spine lettering faintly faded, half-title tanned, the occasional blemish to contents, front and rear inner hinges starting. A very good copy in a lightly chipped and rubbed jacket with tape repairs to head and tail of spine panel verso.