Tropic of Cancer

Preface by Anais Nin


MILLER, Henry Tropic of Cancer Preface by Anais Nin

The Obelisk Press, 1934.

First edition. Original publisher's wrappers with design by Maurice Kahane. A near fine copy, clean and crisp with minor and discrete repairs to the spine ends. A very well preserved copy of a book seldom seen in nice condition. Printer's prospectus laid in. All housed in a chemise and morocco slipcase.

One of 1000 copies of the first edition of Miller's masterpiece, published by the Obelisk Press in Paris and banned in America due to its perceived obscenity. Its publication in 1961 and the successful defence of the ensuing obscenity trials was deemed a significant milestone for free speech in literature.
The literary reception was less censorious. Samuel Beckett hailed it as "a momentous event in the history of modern writing", and Orwell, reviewing it in New English Weekly, described it as "a remarkable book" recommended to "anyone who can get hold of a copy".
The book's fragile construction and tumultuous early history mean that few copies survive in their original wrappers and those that do are usually damaged or rebound. Copies as well preserved as this are very rare indeed.

Pearson A60. Shifreen and Jackson A9a, A8a (prospectus).

Stock ID: 41793


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