My Life.New York: Boni and Liveright, 1927 Stock Code: 81051
NotesFirst edition, limited issue, number 211 of 650 publisher's presentation copies, not for public sale. This copy bears the bookseller's ticket of the renowned Kamin Dance Bookshop and Gallery, New York, owned by the publisher Martin Kamin, to the front pastedown, giving the copy a lovely association to both the Parisian and American dance and literature circles in which Duncan moved. Kamin lived with his wife, Sally, a dancer, in Paris during the 1920s, taking an active role in the literary scene in which Duncan also participated. Kamin co-ran Contact Editions with David Moss during the early 1930s. There he published its quarterly review, edited by William Carlos Williams and Nathaniel West, as well as West's first novel. This posthumously published autobiography was completed only a few months before Duncan's tragic death in Nice. An uncommon work, with just ten copies traced at auction, this copy with an appealing provenance.
Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine gilt on red ground, black endpapers, top edge gilt over red, others untrimmed.
Frontispiece and 23 plates. Facsimile signature in gold to front free endpaper.
Slight rubbing to extremities, a couple of faint marks to spine and rear cover, front inner hinge split, else a very good, bright copy.
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