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Henry Miller
Manuscript Henry Miller Handwritten early 1930's 1,500 words colors art CHINA
Obelisk Press. Manuscript notebook - written in the early 1930's in Paris during the author's first (and greatest) creative period. All in Henry Miller's hand. Signed over to John Martin, famous publisher of Black Sparrow Press. Also includes a watercolor of Miller's depicting the unconscious. All pages are pictured. Spiral-bound sketchbook of French manufacture. 4to. The manuscript consists of essays and autobiographical notes and is illustrated with several original Miller watercolor drawings. Approximately 1,500 words. The title, written out on the front cover in Miller's hand, is "China," whose ancient culture held a lifelong fascination for Miller and to which he regularly returned for source material. Miller free-associates in the notebook in the style of The Tropics and other Paris works, melding diverse sources - metaphysics, science, mysticism and personal observation - into his now familiar, idiosyncratic Weltanschauung. There are lists of people, places, and events Miller recalled from his childhood; notes on the symbology of color and its relation to China; a full-page watercolor depicting Miller's conception of the Ranking unconscious, and numerous watercolor designs and patterns which Miller conceived as a visual complement to his deepest thoughts. In all, a fascinating look at an incipient artist wrestling with many of the themes which were to obsess him through the next half-century. [Attributes: First Edition]
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