[Item #6340] To Paint is to Love Again. Henry Miller.
To Paint is to Love Again
To Paint is to Love Again
To Paint is to Love Again

To Paint is to Love Again

Alhambra, CA: Cambria Books, 1960. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. Inscribed, signed & dated by Henry Miller to Jacques Tourneur. "We all learn as much as we wish and no more. We learn in different ways, sometimes by not learning. I have written about my several attempts, always ludicrous, to take lessons in the art of making water colors. The one thing I learned was that one can't learn this way- or at least I can't. My way is by trial and error, by groping, stumbling, questioning. And by looking at other men's work, whether good or bad artists." (pg. 25) A personal essay on art & its creation by Henry Miller (1891-1980), the great American author & artist whose earlier literary works, & artworks, were an influence & inspiration to the Beat Generation. With color reproductions of fourteen Miller watercolor paintings including frontispiece. Trade-format softcover in sewn binding, first softcover edition, first printing (though not explicated as such at copyright page), published concurrently with a trade & deluxe hardcover edition during 1960. With all points in Shifreen & Jackson, A123(c), pg. 342. On recto of second leaf/ shorter title page, Miller has hand-written, signed & dated in black ink: "For/ Jacques Tourneur/ (underline)/(signed) Henry Miller/ 9/16/65/ note: I think I am doing/ a little better than these/ at present. But still/ an "amateur." " Jacques Tourneur (1904-1977) was the noted, now cult-favorite French-American film director whose horror & noir genre classics include Cat People (1942) & Out of the Past (1947). These & other of Tournier's films can be seen frequently screened on Turner Classic Movies. From the collection of Dr. Stanley Hurwick Levy (1926-2020), an esteemed American physician who met & conferred with Albert Einstein while a prodigious student at Princeton University during the 1940s, & was one of the most legendarily prolific book collectors of them all. This writer was privileged to attend a presentation/tour conducted by Dr.Levy at his home here in Michigan some years ago, & was duly impressed with his vast collection- leave it to Dr. Levy to have obtained this incredibly rare & important collectible! A most-desirable item in both Miller's literary & artistic oeuvres, in its third-rarest (concurrent with first- & second-rarest) contemporary form, with extraordinarily rich association & distinguished provenance. The warmly self-critical inscription from one legendary artiste to another, dated not long after publication, is singularly significant. In relatively quite near-fine condition with mild-to-moderate rubbing, browning, faint creasing & occasional spotting to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same esp. spine-edges, corners; mild rubbing, browning & spotting to edges of text block. Interior near-fine with mild browning to blank inner covers & page leaves (not effecting color reproductions of Miller's artworks); very small hand-drawn arrow in black ink (likely by Miller himself or Tournier?) pointing toward lower left corner (title-signature area) of Miller artwork ("The Ancestor," 1958) at pg. 24; loosening of binding at rear edge (sewn binding remains intact & not otherwise loosened from covers & spine); very small areas of light spot-staining from lower corners of a few page leaves; tiny bumps at corners of some leaves. Near Fine. [Item #6340]

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