11 October 2002
STEIN, Gertrude (1874-1946). Portrait of Mable Dodge at the Villa Curonia. [Florence: Galileiana, 1912].
8o. Original hand-made floral paper wrappers, printed paper label on front cover (slightest soiling). Provenance: Myra Edgerly (presentation inscription).
"THERE IS ALL THERE IS WHEN THERE HAS ALL THERE HAS WHERE THERE IS WHAT THERE IS..."
FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF STEIN'S SCARCEST WORKS, one of 300 copies, this copy with the printer's imprint at the foot of p.12, not found in most copies. A FINE ASSOCIATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY STEIN TO MYRA EDGERLY on the inside of the front wrapper: "To my friend Miss Edgerly, Gertrude Stein."
Edgerly was instrumental in getting Stein published. In 1912, the year of this book's publication, Edgerly encouraged Alice B. Toklas to contact certain English publishers who might be interested in Stein's work, including John Lane, who became Stein's first major U.K. publisher. Edgerly was an artist from California who "had miniatured everybody and the royal family" (Elizabeth Sprigge, Gertrude Stein: Her Life and Work, NY, 1957, p.98). Stein's experimental word-picture of her friend Mabel Dodge, the American socialite and patron of the arts, was bought up mostly by Dodge herself, and copies inscribed by Stein are rare. Wilson A2. A FINE COPY OF THIS FRAGILE BOOK.
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