Lucifer Vieillissant.Paris: Éditions R.-A. Corrêa, 1934 Stock Code: 146077
First edition in French, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title to the Amazon of Paris, Natalie Clifford Barney, "à Miss Barney ce testament d'un 'individu' en grande admiration. Ivan Goll". This is a press review copy, with "S.P." (service de presse) on the spine. Lucifer Vieillissant was first published in German as Die Eurokokke (1927).
The Paris-based American expatriate writer Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972) was known as the "Amazon" of Paris, she was one of the most influential lesbian and feminist writers of the period. Her life inspired Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness, and her Paris salon at 20 rue Jacob was for 60 years the crucible of Left Bank culture (guests included Colette, Pierre Louÿs, Mata Hari, Auguste Rodin, Ezra Pound, Jean Cocteau, T. S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Rainer Maria Rilke, Rabindranath Tagore, Nancy Cunard, Peggy Guggenheim, Caresse and Harry Crosby, Sylvia Beach, and Isadora Duncan, to name but few). Barney promoted women's writing and formed an Académie des femmes in response to the all-male Académie française, while also supporting and inspiring male writers from Remy de Gourmont to Truman Capote. Ivan Goll (born Isaac Lang, 1891-1950) was a Jewish French-German poet closely associated with both German expressionism and to French surrealism. He moved in some of the most interesting circles of Paris society (probably including Clifford Barney's salon), and several of his works were illustrated by Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso. As Nazi persecution grew in Germany during the 1930s, the theme of the wandering Jew became central to Goll's poetry.
Octavo. Original buff wrappers, titles printed in black to spine and in black on green background to front cover, unopened, untrimmed.
A hint of wear to corners, slight dust-soiling, faint crease to lower corner of front cover, the binding otherwise sound and fresh, front hinge sometime expertly stabilized, slight toning to contents as usual; a very good copy.
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