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STEIN, Gertrude.

An Acquaintance with Description.

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Published: London The Seizin Press, 1929

Stock Code: 93584

£5,000
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OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by poet Robert Graves to his sister on the front free endpaper, "Louise with love from Robert (printer & publisher)". Graves founded The Seizen Press with his literary partner Laura Riding in 1927. This is the second work published by the press, the first being Riding's Love is Love, Death is Death (1928). This is one of two known proof copies printed in April 1929 on wood pulp paper instead of the heavy rag paper used for the signed limited trade edition of 225 copies. According to Wilson's bibliography at least one other such copy, also without a limitation label, is known. An Acquaintance with Description is part of Stein's explanatory series about writing that began with An Elucidation in 1923. Stein wrote this study of description after her return to France in the summer of 1926 from a lecture tour in Cambridge and Oxford. "The piece is an attempt to make a landscape her own... Stein considers how we apprehend what we see and how we compose our perceptions in words" (Stein Reader p. 504). "Since the experience of England had contributed to the study of description, Stein must have been delighted to see it published by Laura Riding and Robert Graves, with whom she had become friends" (ibid.).

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Description

Octavo. Original plain buckram.

Illustrations

Title page vignette by Len Lye.

Condition

Spine lightly browned, faint soiling to cloth, a couple of marginal marks to contents; else a near-fine copy.

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