Sale 20FL01 | Lot 46

MILLER, HENRY Tropic of Cancer.

Catalogue: Fine Literature featuring a Collection of Rudyard Kipling
MILLER, HENRY  Tropic of Cancer.

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Lot 46
MILLER, HENRY Tropic of Cancer.
New York: Medusa, 1940. First (unauthorized) American edition, signed by the author. Original green cloth. 7 5/8 x 5 1/4 inches (19.4 x 13.2 cm); [323] pp.; half-title. Worn with joints cracked with old repairs, cloth very rubbed, slight lean, scattered foxing, ink stamp and ownership inscription to front free endpaper.
Signed on the front free endpaper: "Henry Miller/Chicago/3/6/41". This first American edition was unauthorized, with the pirated text printed in Mexico and illegally distributed in the United States by Medusa Press. First published in 1934 by the Obelisk Press, Tropic of Cancer was banned in the U.S. and the subject of an obscenity lawsuit. The ban was lifted in 1961, and the first official American edition was published the same year by Grove Press, but this bootleg edition had already been in circulation for over 20 years. Signed copies of this illicit edition are desirable in any condition.


Estimate: $300 - $500
Sold for $437 (includes buyer's premium)

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Fine Literature featuring a Collection of Rudyard Kipling

Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 10am EDT