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Herrmann, John
WHAT HAPPENS:-
Contact Editions, [Paris, 1926. Contemporary French half calf, raised bands, spine gilt extra, and marbled boards. Binding a bit rubbed at extremities, bound without wrappers, but a very good copy. First edition of the author's first book, a product of his years as a Paris expatriate, in company with Josephine Herbst, his future wife, prior to his deeper involvement with radical politics at home. Like a number of Contact imprints, this title ran afoul of US customs when copies were imported. In this case, an actual jury trial took place in a NYC court, where a verdict was handed down against the book and a number of confiscated copies were ordered destroyed. Herrmann's career as a novelist stalled when, as a consequence of the FBI investigation of Alger Hiss and its context, he and his second wife emigrated to Mexico, where he would live until his death in 1959. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature, ABAA [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]
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