The Underground Woman.New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1975 Stock Code: 149337
First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title "January 1975. With love, admiration, and tenderness, to Decca & Bob, who dream, & who give the dream an enduring reality. Kay. San Francisco". This is a great association copy.
The recipients are Jessica Mitford and her husband Robert Treuhaft, whom the themes and incidents of the novel touch close. The novel, whose protagonist emerges from imprisonment for political activism to find that her house has been taken over by her daughter's commune, is based on harrowing events in Boyle's own life involving the Lyman Family (the blurb refers to its leaderas 'a sinister Manson-like figure'). Treuhaft was Boyle's lawyer, and played a direct role in resolving the problem, transferring ownership of the property and evicting the squatters.
Octavo. Original black cloth-backed grey boards, pine lettered in silver. With dust jacket.
Three bumps with tears to spine head, internally fresh. A very good copy in very good jacket, light wear to corners, a little toned, not price-clipped.
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