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Woman and Puppet (Inscribed by Clara Tice - Louys, Pierre; Tice, Clara (Illustra - 1927. 
The Pierre Louys Society (1927), [No publication place stated] - De luxe version, no. 23 of 35 copies printed on hand-made paper and extra-illustrated with five dry-point etchings, coloured by hand, (total edition 1250). INSCRIBED. Clara Tice (1888-1973) was an avante-garde illustrator and artist who spent most of her life in New York City; due to her provocative art she was seen as representative of bohemian Greenwich Village. Her fame actually increased when the Society for the Suppression of Vice (remember, this was 1915) tried to confiscate her art; this naturally drew more attention to her art which was thereafter published in works such as Vanity Fair. Looking at the etchings in this book might cause comment even today; they lavishly celebrate the feminine figure and are rampant with sexual innuendo. Volume was designed and supervised by Harry Cunningham per the statement at the back of the volume; the device underneath his name shows a naked woman riding a bull, bareback . "Harry" Patrick Cunningham met Clara Tice through his sister Edna, a friend of Ms. Tice's; he became her lover and companion, and Clara would refer to him as her "husband". Harry Cunningham had been a flyer with the Lafayette Escadrille and was recently returned from the war; after meeting Clara, he devoted himself to assisting Clara in the execution of her work, pulling proofs for her etchings, hand-colouring her mezzotints, etc (N.B., from Women in Dada, by Naomi Sawelson-Gorse). ***DESCRIPTION: Bound in full turquoise leather with two sprays of roses on the front in gilt, gilt borders on both front and back boards, spine with gilt lettering and richly decorated in gilt, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, inner gilt dentelles, inscription by Clara Tice on the verso of the second flyleaf "To A. L. Hartridge, / Lover of beautiful books, / Clara Tice", written in a bold cursive hand in turquoise ink. This volume contains not only the ten plates in the printed list, but is extra-illustrated with an additional five original dry-point etchings, coloured by hand. ***CONDITION: Near fine, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, straight corners with a minimum of rubbing, the interior is clean and bright other than a light occasional dustiness; there is a minute amount of wear to the joints at the head as well as the rear joint at the tail of the spine, a four-digit number written at the top of the verso of the front free endpaper (likely a private library number), free of prior owner markings other than the inscription referred to above. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the Abe standard does not always cover costs; please contact us for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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