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STUDIES IN HAND-READING
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1937. First American edition. Cloth. Very good/very good. Large 8vo. Original blue cloth in printed dust-jacket. Very good in like DJ. Jacket spine mildly toned. Light edgewear. Unclipped. Cloth a bit soiled here and there. Some faint foxing to prelims. Else bright, sound, and clean. pp. xvi, 153, [1]. with errata slip bound in between xiv and xv. Rare work from the pioneering psychoanalyst. Wolff fled Germany (where she was friends with Walter Benjamin) in 1933 for France after the Nazi's took power. There she met Ravel, Duchamp, Man Ray, and others. She ultimately settled in London, however, where with the help of Aldous Huxley, she undertook this book to raise cash to support herself. Huxley provides an admiring introduction; Man Ray a frontis of the author from his photo. Includes numerous plates showing the hand-prints of many of her friends and their circle: Huxley, Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, Max Ernst, Balthus, Cecil Beaton, Ravel, Artaud, Breton, Nijinsky, John Gielgud, and others - along with Wolff "readings" of each. Palmistry and chiromancy enjoyed a popular resurgence during the uncertain and tumultuous years of the Depression and outbreak of the War. And Wolff was one of its most respected proponents, taking a decidedly scientific approach to a decidedly questionable pastime. She subsequently went on to write several important works on homosexuality and she remains an important figure in gay history. Translated from the German by O.M. Cook. Very scarce, especially in jacket. This edition printed from the London plates (Chattam, 1936). [Bromer B46.1.2].
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