1928 "Imaginary Letters" by Mary Butts | Black Manikin Press
Imaginary Letters by Mary Butts with fantastic original drawings by Jean Cocteau
1st Edition, No. 80 out of 250 copies published by Edward Titus’ Black Manikin Press in Paris, France.
Condition: fair to good; binding is tight, cloth cover is a bit dirty and discolored (no glassine or slip case), spine label has partially worn off, foxing to the first few and final pages, a very slight bit of transfer of the engravings onto the opposing page (see photos), some pencil writing on the top right corner of front end paper. Overall, a very nice book!
The private Parisian printing presses of the 1920’s have an enchanting and sometimes sordid history. Hall of Wonders works hard to bring you the publications of their oft-forgotten female authors.
Mary Butts was an English modernist writer who was a peripheral part of the Parisian expat clique in the 1920s, but whose work fell into obscurity after her early death in 1937. It wasn't until the late 20th century that she slowly started creeping back onto the radar of the literary community. She was quite an extraordinary figure and one of many contradictions; while she was bisexual, palled around with Aleister Crowley, was briefly a drug addict and was married several times, her work is considered most closely aligned with that of D.H. Lawrence and T.S. Elliot. Her mercurial and sometimes stream-of-consciousness writings now stand beside that of Djuna Barnes, Virginia Woolf, and Mina Loy.
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