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Lunar Baedecker.

(Paris: Contact Publishing Co., 1923). First edition of Loy’s rare first book, printed by Darantiere in Dijon for Robert McAlmon’s press in an edition of approximately 300 copies, of which as many as a third were intercepted, and presumably destroyed, by New York City Customs on the grounds that the book was pornographic. The “Glenway/Wescott / Monroe/Wheeler” copy, with Wescott and Wheeler’s joint ownership inscription, in Wescott’s hand, on the inside of the front wrapper. Glenway Wescott was a good friend of Mina Loy’s in Paris and, according to Carolyn Burke, despite his homosexuality, had something of a “crush” on her. – Becoming Modern: A Life of Mina Loy by Carolyn Burke (N.Y.: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1996). A fragile, poorly produced book that, even without bureaucratic intervention, had little chance of surviving. The present copy would benefit from restoration: wrappers somewhat worn and nicked at overlapping edges, back wrapper detached with three small indentations near bottom spine portion that extend through last couple leaves of text block, spine panel worn away, portrait photograph tipped to initial blank, otherwise a good copy. Small 8vo, original printed buff wrappers.

Price: $2,250.00

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