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BARNES, Djuna.
Ryder.
New York: Horace Liverlight, 1928. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and front board in red, top edge red, others uncut. With a supplied dust jacket. Spine a little cocked and faded, rubbing to extremities, touch of wear to very tips, cloth toned and faintly marked, contents clean, frontispiece slightly loose, a very good copy in a supplied, price-clipped, jacket with browned spine, nicks to ends and tips, chip to foot of front panel at front flap fold. Frontispiece and 8 illustrations by the author. First edition, first printing, the author's own copy of her autobiographical first novel, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "Property of Djuna Barnes". Ryder is "a comical family history illustrated by the author, which describes their unusual living arrangements, Barnes's early life on the Huntington farm, and the London literary salon of her grandmother Zadel, who knew the family of Oscar Wilde and other artists and political radicals, with some chapters in the style of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales" (ANB). The copy was gifted from Barnes to her literary executor, the renowned jazz producer and author, Hank O'Neal (b. 1940), and has his pencilled comments on the work to the rear pastedown: "Ryder is not a created character; no one becomes what he is: the author sets out to do a Rabelaisian figure – but she hates him underneath". O'Neal made regular visits to Barnes's apartment in Patchin Place, New York, from September 1978 until her death in 1982. He was asked to do so by their mutual friend, the artist Berenice Abbott, and his relationship with Barnes swiftly de … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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