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Amers [Signe, Signee / Signed]
Paris: Gallimard, 1957. First edition. Wrappers. Fine. A Near Fine copy of the first edition, first printing, a Fine copy compared to other copies we have seen (light wear and tiny losses at the corners and spine ends, short splits where the front wrap joins the spine top, light sunning to the spine, quite minor handling soil, remnants of a small price sticker to the rear wrap) SIGNED TWICE, DATED, AND PLACED BY ST.-JOHN PERSE on the half-title as follows: "St - J. Perse / Washington 1958 / Alexis St. Leger". Born Alexis Leger in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe (1887), Saint-John Perse (his adopted the pen name) returned to France with his family who fled the anti-colonist campaign then begun by the then newly-elected native President. He eventually joined France's diplomatic service, becoming General Secretary of the French Foreign Office, and refused to publish his writings while holding office, viewing it as improper for a Diplomat to do so. A strong anti-Nazi and viewed by the Vichy regime as a dangerous adversary, Perse was dismissed from his post and had his French Citizenship revoked upon the Vichy regime's ascension to power. Thereafter moving to Washington, D. C., Saint-John Perse suffered from great financial difficulties until Archibald MacLeish, then Director of the Library of Congress, raised private donations sufficient to permit Perse's employment by the Library. Perse resumed his literary work while exiled in Washington D.C. and won the 1960 Nobel Prize in Literature for "the soaring flight and the evocative imagery of his poetry which in a visionary fashion reflects the conditions of our time". This signed copy belonged to actor Jack Palance, was purchased at the 2006 auction of his personal property, and carries the bookplate from the sale on the front free endpaper.) Copies of "Amers" in a condition as nice as is this copy are scarce. Signed copies of Perse's works are scarce as well, signed copies of "Amers" are quite scarce, and copies signed by Perse using both his names are absolute hen's teeth. A Near Fine copy, SIGNED TWICE, PLACED, AND DATED BY ST.-JOHN PERSE. RARE.
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