Redding Ridge, CT: Black Swan Books, 1980. Revised Edition. Octavo, publisher's burgundy cloth, spine and upper board gilt, original printed dust jacket.
Imagist poet H.D.'s symbolist novel of ancient Greece, about a mother and son on the island of Samos: "Some said she was an 'indifferent prostitue,' some said a 'queen in hiding,' some said a 'goddess.' She held all of these attributes lightly, passed swiftly from one to another. Nothing held her." This revised edition (the novel was originally published in 1928) restores H.D.'s intended paragraphing, as indicated in the original manuscript and her unheeded notes on the proofs for the first edition; as well as encompassing revisions from her notebooks of the early 1950s, when she was reconsidering the novel. With black-and-white frontispiece photo of the author by Man Ray; a personal reminiscence - "The Egyptian Cat" - by her daughter Perdita Schaffner; and an afterword and note on the text. Issued as part of Black Swan Books' Literary Series. Unclipped dust jacket with light rubbing to spine-ends and small closed tear to bottom edge of upper panel. Near fine. Item #124