[Item #6191] Nightwood (Two Collectible Editions). Djuna Barnes.
Nightwood (Two Collectible Editions)
Nightwood (Two Collectible Editions)
Nightwood (Two Collectible Editions)
Nightwood (Two Collectible Editions)
Nightwood (Two Collectible Editions)
Nightwood (Two Collectible Editions)
Nightwood (Two Collectible Editions)
Nightwood (Two Collectible Editions)

Nightwood (Two Collectible Editions)

London, England, UK;: Faber and Faber; Dalkey Archive Press, 1950; 1995. Second Faber and Faber Edition; First Edition Thus. Hardcovers. Djuna Barnes (1892-1982) was raised in a unique family situation in upstate New York, and it’s hard to deny that her upbringing contributed to her outlook on life and the themes in her writing. When her mother managed to move Djuna and her brothers to New York City, it liberated her, providing incredible opportunities to study art and launch her journalism career. An assignment from McCall’s (a monthly women’s magazine) sent Barnes to Paris, where our story begins. It was here that Barnes met influential salon hostess and writer Natalie Barney, artist Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, and novelist James Joyce. Most importantly, she met Thelma Wood. Their passionate love-affair lasted about seven years, and the heartbreak that resulted became the premise for Nightwood, the compilation and publication of which was a similarly heartbreaking process. T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), an editor at Faber and Faber in the 1930s, was pressed to read Nightwood by another writer friend of Barnes Emily Coleman (1899-1974). Barnes and Coleman joined forces with Eliot to edit and publish the work that they all agreed was worth the effort. However, the final version was a fraction of the original since Barnes was convinced to lessen the erotic and soften the provocative. Cheryl J. Plumb, assistant English professor at Pennsylvania State University and primary scholar of Djuna Barnes, set out to re-create the original version intended by the author. The result is this Dalkey Archive Press production of the fully restored text with related facsimile drafts and commentary from Plumb: the truly unmatched scholarly summation of Djuna Barnes’ modernist masterpiece of early feminist and lesbian literature. It is paired with a curious hardcover edition in pasted wrappers that comes from the original publisher of Djuna Barnes’ with a preface from Eliot which was added to the American edition and then to this second edition from the United Kingdom. Both editions offered together here are from the collection of Robin Eichele (b. 1941), noted Mimeograph Revolutionary & co-founder (with John Sinclair) of the Detroit Artists’ Workshop. [1] Hardcover in pasted wrappers: Second Faber & Faber Edition, as indicated by publisher’s note inside front cover, “The book has for some time been out of print in this country: we re-publish it in the belief that there is now a much larger public ready for it than there was at the time of its first appearance.” Book is in relatively Good condition with thin paper wrappers pasted around covers and spine as a mock dust jacket; wrappers show moderate water-logging with staining and crinkling present; minor-to-moderate tearing, chipping along folded flap edges, various spots on spine & spine edges, and back covers; front cover interior paste-down is peeling in the gutter with chipping and minor paper loss; spotting and erased markings present on front endpaper along with the name of the previous owner written in thin black ink at the top right-hand corner reading, “Robin Eichele.” [2] Hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket (with “23.95” price on front flap): First Edition Thus. Book is Very Fine verging on As New condition. Dust jacket is in Fine condition with minor bumping to the fine edges and corners of front, back covers & spine; small closed tear at top edge of back cover/back flap; minor-to-moderate amount of scratching to front, back covers. An extra handling fee will be added for shipping due to the size and weight of this item. Good; Very Fine / N/A; Very Fine. [Item #6191]

Price: $250.00