[Item #5813] Why Abstract? (Limited Revised Edition). Henry Miller, Hilaire Hiler, William Saroyan.
Why Abstract? (Limited Revised Edition)
Why Abstract? (Limited Revised Edition)
Why Abstract? (Limited Revised Edition)
Why Abstract? (Limited Revised Edition)

Why Abstract? (Limited Revised Edition)

New York, NY: George Wittenborn Inc., 1962. Third Edition; Second American Edition. Stapled Wrappers. Signed by Hilaire Hiler on front cover. "I promised to say something about painting. Here it is- Saw Hilaire Hiler last night for my first lesson, after weeks of pour-parlers. If it were not that I like him so much I would sit down immediately and do a pen portrait of him. But here is a man whom obviously no one would wish to hurt, and if I were to essay a study of him it would be a caricature. Because he is a caricature of himself. And he knows it, and that is what arrests one and makes one respect him, like him." ("A Letter" by Henry Miller, first paragraph, unpaginated) A short but intense collaboration by & about Hilaire Hiler (1898-1966), the noted American painter & polymath. With the title essay by Hiler; a note on Hiler by William Saroyan (1908-1981), the acclaimed Armenian-American playwright & novelist; letter-essay by Henry Miller (1891-1980), the great American writer & artist whose earlier works were an influencial precedent for the Beat Generation; a Postscript by Hiler; & finally black-&-white reproductions of five Hiler artworks. First published in 1945, offered here is the third of four versions of this work: Large booklet in stapled wrappers, "Revised Edition/ Collectors Copy (500 ltd.)/ Feb. 1962..." as stated on gold-foil oblong sticker affixed to upper margin of front cover. Following the date is a line on which Hiler has hand-written his signature in thin, lightly faded black ink. Per Lawrence Shifreen & Roger Jackson's door-stopper Miller bibliography, this is the "Third Edition/Second American Edition." (A46c, pgs. 170-171). Interestingly, the bold, likely contemporary signature of a previous owner is found at the upper blank margin of the Contents page. We are inclined to believe, but not absolutely certain, that the signature reads "Douglas Blazek"- none other than the underground Mimeo Revolution-&-Beyond legend himself. The signature seems to spell out his name, but is not similar to a much later (2009), definite signature that we have seen (see our item No. 4317). Perhaps Blazek's signature changed during the 47 years between these items, or it's a coincidence, but...you be the judge. A highly collectible version of a most important, one-&-only collaboration of three very significant literary & artistic twentieth-century figures, in its third-rarest, quite limited form signed by Hiler & (possibly) distinguished provenance. In relatively fine condition with moderate rubbing, browning & faint scratching to front, back covers & stapled spine; very light wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; mild rubbing & corner-wear, creasing to gold-foil sticker with Hiler signature at front cover; mild browning & rubbing to edges of text block; staples beginning to rust with tiny amount of interior bleeding. Interior fine with mild browning mostly to blank margins/edges of inner covers & page leaves; tiny bumps, creases at corners of a few leaves. Fine. [Item #5813]

Price: $60.00