CROSBY, Harry and 'ALASTAIR' [i.e. Hans Henning VON VOIGHT] (1887-1969, artist). Red Skeletons. Paris: Roger Lescaret for Éditions Narcisse, 1927.
4° (293 x 228mm). Title and text printed in red and black. Frontispiece and plates after Alastair, printed in red and black, each with tissue guard titled in red. (Occasional light spotting, some light offsetting from plates onto text.) Original printed wrappers, glassine dustwrapper, later cloth box with gilt morocco lettering-piece (a little faded, splits on spine causing slight losses, spine skilfully repaired). Provenance: Richard Thoma (b.1902, inscribed on flyleaf 'A mon grand fils chéri , en souvenir de ses 25 ans. , Maman , 1927'; further signed above 'Alastair - , - Iuin 1927-'; further inscribed 'For [drawing of a four-leafed clover] Thoma , with "des dédicaces de pierres noires" , from Harry Crosby [drawing of 'Black Sun' device] , Paris 1928').
FIRST EDITION, LIMITED TO 370 COPIES, THIS NO. 43 OF 333 COPIES ON HOLLAND VAN GELDER ZONEN. INSCRIBED BY HARRY CROSBY AND SIGNED BY 'ALASTAIR'. Red Skeletons was the first book to be printed for the Crosbys by Roger Lescaret and the first to be illustrated for the press by 'Alastair'. This copy was given to Richard Thoma and, following the gift, it was further inscribed for Thoma by the author and signed by the artist. Thoma--whom Harry refers to as 'Thoma of the four leaf clover' in Shadows of the Sun--was a writer and friend of the Crosbys and was commissioned by them to translate Marcel Proust's letters to Walter Berry, which Harry Crosby had inherited; following a dispute with Thoma, the Crosbys finished the translations themselves and Thoma's work was not credited when the letters were published by the Black Sun Press in 1930 (cf. 673). Loosely inserted is a broadsheet, 4° prospectus for the work, printed in red and black. Minkoff A4; Published in Paris p.407.