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HAMNETT, Nina.
Laughing Torso. Reminiscences.
London: Constable & Co Ltd,, 1932. Octavo. Original black cloth, titles and pictorial design to spine in silver. Housed in a custom black cloth slipcase. With 23 black and white plates after photographs. Newspaper clippings tipped-in at rear. Cloth a little marked and rubbed, slight wear at extremities, repair at foot of front joint, contents with some light foxing and finger-soiling. A good copy. First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page "Monty and I are glad that you could read it Nina Hamnett 3 December 1932". The inscription perhaps refers to Montague Shearman junior, the barrister and art collector, jokingly implying that he has read the book for libel before publication. Laughing Torso is the artist's autobiography and a key document in the history of the Fitzrovian satellite of the Bloomsbury movement. Hamnett knew just about every literary misfit and outsider who wandered the streets of Fitzrovia during the first half of the century. She studied under Sickert, sued Crowley, was a friend of Dylan Thomas and an enemy to many. Monty Shearman, son of the judge of that name, was also well known in that circle, both as a collector and the generous host of lavish parties.
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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