[Item #5999] Hamlet with: Prospectus. Henry Miller, Michael Fraenkel.
Hamlet with: Prospectus
Hamlet with: Prospectus
Hamlet with: Prospectus

Hamlet with: Prospectus

New York, NY: Carrefour, 1941. First Trade Edition; Original Prospectus. Softcover in Sewn Binding; Folded Sheet. "I am writing with the keenest anticipation your soliloquy from Barcelona. What is going to happen to Hamlet in the sunshine? Are we going to hear the death-rattle of the ghost or is the whole conception of death going to undergo a fundamental alteration? It seems to me that when you crossed the border you must have realized that not even the ghost of Hamlet had a chance to survive. You must have felt at once the difference between the clabby death-consciousness of the Anglo-Saxons and the clear brilliant death-consciousness of such true Latins as the Spaniards." (from July 15, 1936 letter to MIchael Fraenkel by Henry Miller, pg. 35) The voluminous correspondence written during 1936-1938 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. The first volume of Hamlet was originally published in 1939, & here we offer the original second volume, simply entitled "Hamlet" on front cover & title page, & as "Hamlet/ Volume II" on shorter title page; larger-format softcover in sewn binding, "First Published: May, 1941" as stated on copyright page. Per Shifreen & Jackson (A24(b), pg. 119), this "First Edition/ Trade Issue" was "Published on April 28, 1941, at $3.00, in an edition of 500 copies, 25 of which were specially bound, numbered and signed by the authors." this copy is from the trade edition of 475 copies, & loosely includes, between inner front cover & endpaper, the original publisher's prospectus for this volume (referred throughout as Volume II) printed by the late legendary Gotham Book Mart in NYC- single sheet folded once each vertically & horizontally to form four printed sides, with press excerpts on both authors & the statements "Publication Date: April 28, 1941/ Three Dollars The Copy; 455 pages" at rear side-panel- in fine condition with mild-to-moderate browning; a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners; some faint pencil marginalia to right of title & authors at rear side-panel (which appears to be contemporary, so we have retained it). Please see also our item No. 5959, a later collectible one-volume edition of this work, in which it is stated: "...(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." The above-quoted Miller-to-Fraenkel letter written as the latter was present in Spain during the dawn of the Spanish Civil War exemplifies, we think, this "crisis of consciousness." A most rich & rewarding Miller-Fraenkel collectible in the second part of its rarest contemporary limited trade form, with the especially scarce & wonderful prospectus. In relatively quite fine condition with mild-to-moderate browning, light rubbing & faint scratching to front, back covers & esp. spine; light wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; mild vertical creases across length of spine; several small areas of spot-staining at same; occasional spotting, light spot-staining at blank rear cover. Interior fine with mild-to-moderate browning to blank inner covers & page leaves (the latter esp. at blank margins/edges); tiny bumps, faint creases at esp. upper corners of some leaves. Fine. [Item #5999]

Price: $150.00