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HAMNETT, Nina.

Laughing Torso.

Reminiscences.

Constable & Co Ltd, London , 1932 Stock Code: 138430
£750.00
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First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page "Monty and I am glad that you could read it Nina Hamnett 3 December 1932". A contender for the recipient is the barrister and art collector Monty Shearman, who held parties attended by much of Bohemia and the Bloomsbury circles. Laughing Torso is the artist's autobiography and a key document in the history of the Fitzrovian satellite of the Bloomsbury movement. Hamnett knew just about every literary misfit and outsider who wandered the streets of Fitzrovia during the first half of the century. She studied under Sickert, sued Crowley, was a friend of Dylan Thomas and an enemy to many.

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Description

Octavo. Original black cloth, titles and pictorial design to spine in silver. Housed in a custom black cloth slipcase.

Illustrations

With 23 black and white plates after photographs.

Condition

Newspaper clippings tipped-in at rear. Cloth a little marked and rubbed, slight wear at extremities, repair at foot of front joint, contents with some light foxing and finger-soiling. A good copy.

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