Les Annees Vingt.
Les Écrivains Américains à Paris et Leurs Amis 1920-1930.
First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by Sylvia Beach on the front free endpaper, “Souvenir of Playboy for Mrs Cummins, from Sylvia Beach”. The book was created as a companion to an exposition held between 11 March and 25 April 1959 on the “Lost Generation” of expatriate American writers and artists who gathered at Sylvia Beach’s legendary bookshop, Shakespeare and Company in Paris. The French writer Andre Chamson wrote, “Sylvia carried pollen like a bee. She cross-fertilized these writers…She did more to link England, the United States, Ireland, and France than four great ambassadors combined. It was not merely for the pleasure of friendship that Joyce, Hemingway, Bryher, and so many others often took the path to Shakespeare and Company in the heart of Paris.”
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Octavo. Original pictorial wrappers, titles to spine and front cover brown. Housed in a custom marbled slipcase. With 32 plates. Partial transcription to rear free endpaper of the famous Vladimir Dixon letter to James Joyce. Wrappers a little creased, some rubbing and light wear to edges of wrappers, internally fresh. An excellent copy.