The Angel is my Watermark.Fullerton, CA: Holve-Barrows, 1944 Stock Code: 136512
NotesSigned limited edition, number 8 of a small number of copies signed by Henry Miller and enclosing one of Miller's original watercolours. The number of copies is estimated by Porter as 15, by Riley as 15 or 16, and at any rate a very small number, each unique with a different water colour. Alongside the original watercolour, the publication contains a photographic copy of "The Open Letter to All and Sundry" a facsimile of a chapter from "Black Spring" from which the title is derived and which details his relationship with the watercolour medium, reproductions of recent watercolours, views of the artist at work in the Beverly Glen studio and facsimile pages of holographic text. As the author explains in his Open Letter, he enjoys executing watercolours, and imagines they may fetch high prices after his death if he becomes a famous writer, so, "I have decided to anticipate the moment of death and offer these post-mortem effects now. I am putting no price on these paintings, if I may call them such. I offer them with the understanding that the buyer may name his own price... The primary thing is this, that whatever money is given me constitutes a mortgage on the future, my future as a writer".
Quarto. Original spiral-bound card boards. Housed in a black flat-back cloth box by the Chelsea Bindery.
Covers somewhat soiled, very light wear at extremities. A very good copy, internally clean.
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