[Item #5959] The Michael Fraenkel- Henry Miller Correspondence called Hamlet (Vol. 1 & Vol. II). Henry Miller, Michael Fraenkel.
The Michael Fraenkel- Henry Miller Correspondence called Hamlet (Vol. 1 & Vol. II)
The Michael Fraenkel- Henry Miller Correspondence called Hamlet (Vol. 1 & Vol. II)

The Michael Fraenkel- Henry Miller Correspondence called Hamlet (Vol. 1 & Vol. II)

London, England: Edition du Laurier Carrefour, 1962. First Edition Thus. Wrappers Sewn Outside Spine. "Last night I was sitting at Ecole-militaire. It was All Saints Day. I had just come from a walk through the Rue Saint-Dominique, a walk deliberatedly undertaken because I wanted to re-experience certain emotions. I experienced exactly what I had hoped to recapture and, seating myself on the terrasse of a cafe I digested my emotions. And then I began to think about Hamlet. I thought how perverse it was to be thinking about Hamlet on a day like this, All Souls Day in France, when the most disgusting specimens of bourgeois French vegetable life take possession of the street." (from November 2, 1935 letter to Michael Fraenkel by Henry Miller, pg. 11) The voluminous correspondence written during 1935-1938 between Henry Miller (1891-1980), the great & influential American Proto-&-Post-Beat author; & Michael Fraenkel (1896-1957), the Jewish-American author & publisher who was Miller's close friend & even the basis of characters in some of his classic works. First published in 1939, offered here is the 1962 "First Edition/ First Combined English Language Edition" combining two volumes in one, large-format softcover with red-thread binding sewn outside spine & covers, a handsome, unusual British production with thick parchment-like paper stock. With photographs of the authors including their facsimile signatures, illustrations at frontispiece & throughout. First edition thus, referred to as "Third printing 1962" (after 1939 & 1943 printings) at copyright page, with all points in Shifreen & Jackson, A135(a), pgs. 354-355. A rich & rewarding Miller-Fraenkel collectible where "...(Shakespeare's) Hamlet is used as a point of departure; and the sharp clash of personality between the authors serves to give dramatic form to the underlying theme which is the crisis of Consciousness" (preamble opposite acknowledgement page), in one of the more rare among its several forms. In relatively fine-verging-on-very-fine condition with mild rubbing, light browning, faint scratching & occasional spotting to front, back covers & spine; light wear at edges & corners of same; one small blank area near upper-middle edge of front cover with very slight loss of surface paper; some vertical creasing & chipping at blank spine with miniscule loss of paper at edges & corners; a bit of rubbing, browning to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only a touch of browning mostly to blank margins/edges of page leaves; tiny bumps, faint creases at corners of a few of same. An extra handling fee will be added for shipping due to the weight of this item. Fine- Very Fine. [Item #5959]

Price: $80.00