7 - 8 April 2004
CROSBY, Caresse. Impossible Melodies. Paris: Roger Lescaret for Éditions Narcisse, 1928. 8° (201 x 125mm). Title printed in red and black. Portrait frontispiece after Angelès Ortiz. (Occasional light spotting or offsetting.) Original printed wrappers, glassine dustwrapper (spine and rear part of wrappers browned, dustwrapper a little browned and torn). FIRST EDITION, LIMITED TO 48 COPIES, THIS ONE OF 44 ON HOLLANDE VAN GELDER ZONEN. In the present copy, pencilled corrections have been made by Caresse on pp.1, 12, 17, 21, and 27. Loosely inserted is a proof of the portrait frontispiece. Minkoff A9; Published in Paris p.408.
C. CROSBY. Autograph letter signed ('Caresse Crosby') to Dunster House Publishing Co, offering the work to a publisher--'This very small limited edition "hors commerce" is printed for a few friends and a few cities--I submit it to you hoping that it may interest you sufficiently to publish it--and asking their terms, 24 January [?1928], 19 rue de Lille, Paris, 1 page, 12mo.
Exhibited: Grolier Club, New York (loosely-inserted exhibition card).
FIRST EDITION WITH A PROOF OF THE FRONTISPIECE AND A LETTER FROM THE AUTHOR, offering the work for publication.
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