18 November 2014
HARRIS, Frank (1856-1931). My Life and Loves. Paris and Nice: for the author, 1922-1927.
4 volumes, octavo (214 x 144 mm). With errata in volumes 1 and 2. Vignette on the first title, 15 plates and 30 illustrations. Over-slip correcting one line in page 31 of vol. 1. (Margins lightly yellowed, half-title of volume 2 lined, index leaf in same volume repaired in the margins, light damp-staining in volume 4.) Volume 1 in original white cloth-backed boards printed in gilt, illustrated endpapers (spine and extremities rubbed); volume 2 in contemporary blue half morocco with the original blue printed wrappers bound-in (wrappers repaired at the edges, cloth sides with some discoloration); volumes 3 and 4 in the original tan wrappers printed in black (spine ends chipped and with tears at the hinges, some staining on front cover of volume 4). Provenance: ‘Imprimé en Allemagne’ (import stamp on vol. 1 title); Joseph Hilton Smyth (1901-1972, publisher; presentation inscription from Harris in volume 2); Peter Escher (bookplate in volume 3).
FIRST EDITION OF THIS CELEBRATED AUTOBIOGRAPHY, ONE VOLUME INSCRIBED BY HARRIS to author and publisher Joseph Hilton Smyth ‘from his friend, Frank Harris, 1926’ and quoting a line from Tennyson’s Ulysses: ‘Death closes all; yet something ‘ere the end, Some work of noble note may yet be done’. The first volume is illustrated with plates of nudes printed in red; while the second volume, which discusses celebrity gossip of the day, includes portraits of notable contemporaries including Rhodes, Cardinal Newman, Ruskin, and others. Olympia Press published a fifth volume in 1954, which is mostly a fabrication written by Alexander Trocchi. Kearney 881 (listing volume 1 only).
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