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CROSBY, Harry. Chariot of the Sun. Paris: Roger Lescaret [for Harry Crosby] At The Sign of The Sundial, 1928.
8° (202 x 125mm). Title printed in red and black. Portrait frontispiece after Polia Chentoff, etched plate by and after A.E. Marty. (Occasional very light marking, light offsetting from plates onto blank versos of preceding leaves.) Contemporary roan-backed boards, original printed wrappers bound in, fabric marker, partially unopened (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: Harry and Caresse Crosby ('Black Sun' blindstamp on flyleaf; pencilled corrections in Harry Crosby's hand on pp.40 and 65; loosely-inserted card with printed City Lights Books, San Francisco heading and manuscript note 'Dear Sir: , Sent you at the request of , Mrs. Caresse Crosby')--sale, Pacific, 30 November 1995, lot 47. Exhibited: Grolier Club, New York (loosely-inserted exhibition card).
FIRST EDITION, LIMITED TO 48 HORS COMMERCE COPIES, THIS ONE OF 44 ON HOLLAND VAN GELDER ZONEN. FROM THE CROSBYS' LIBRARY AND WITH MANUSCRIPT CORRECTIONS BY HARRY. Harry Crosby has added the epigraph '"il faut d'abord avoir soif"' below the title of the poem 'Brest' (an addition that was incorporated into the text of the second edition published in 1931) and corrected 'Translation of Lautréamont Preface a un Livre Futur' to 'Translation of Lautréamont's Preface à un Livre Futur', in the list of 'Books by the Same Author'. The frontispiece of the volume reproduces a portrait of Harry Crosby by the Russian artist Polia Chentoff (his sometime lover), which Caresse destroyed after Harry's death: 'I found [the painting] so metaphysically disturbing that I put it to the torch' (C. Crosby The Passionate Years, p.284). Minkoff A10; Published in Paris p.408.
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