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112726
STEIN, Gertrude.

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.

Availability: In stock

Published: New York Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1933

Stock Code: 112726

£675
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Notes

First edition, first printing, in the first issue binding. Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) and Alice Toklas (1877-1967) established Paris's most notable literary salon together at 27 rue de Fleurus, where notable American expatriates and artists would gather each Saturday evening. This work, written by Stein in Toklas's "wryly humorous voice" is Stein's story of life in Paris from 1900 through 1930 (ANB). "Not only did the memoir make Toklas's name famous, but it established a postmodernist rationale for autobiographical sophistication... The genius of Stein's ear for language allowed her to leave her own convoluted, hermetic style and write with the clarity and acerbity that Toklas was famous for among her friends. So accurate was Stein's re-creation of Toklas's speech that some readers were sure Toklas herself had written the book" (ibid.).

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Description

Octavo. Original silver-blue cloth, titles to spine in silver, "A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose" printed in silver in the form of a circle to front board, top edge blue. With the pictorial dust jacket.

Illustrations

Black and white frontispiece from a photograph by Man Ray and 15 other photographic plates.

Condition

Small loss to top corner of front free endpaper; ownership signature to front pastedown; contemporary bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown. Top corners of boards lightly bumped. An excellent copy in a bright jacket with a few minor creases and tiny chips.

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