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PROKOSCH, Frederic
Phantom Song
(Frederic Prokosch), Naples, 1952. First edition. Decorated self-wrappers with printed paper label. 24mo. Fine. Extra label tipped-in. Out of a total edition of 44 copies, this is copy "j" of 10 small case lettered copies in Lombardy paper. Inscribed by the author. A brief poem, one of the author's rare "butterfly books", this one issued as a Christmas Greeting. Prokosch was an American novelist of remarkable promise who later fell under a cloud for manufacturing some spurious "rare first editions", which he did while experimenting with the handpress he used to manufacture the butterfly books. Additionally he reprinted some of the books between 1978-1980, but the provenance of this book, and the owner's notes that accompany the book indicate that it was obtained in the 1950s. His reputation has suffered despite the fact that his books were both a critical and popular success at the time of publication. Rare. *OCLC* locates five copies (of the total edition) in institutions. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA [Gloucester City, NJ, U.S.A.]
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