Chicago: The Swallow Press, 1958. Octavo, publisher's illustrated paper wraps.
Signed copy of Nin's first work of fiction, taking a surrealistic look at the narrator's subconscious as she attempts to escape from a dream, based on a series of recurring dreams she had for more than a year. Nin uses incest to describe a selfish type of love wherein a woman can appreciate only qualities in a lover that mirror her own. Illustrated with nine black-and-white photomontages by Nin's "kindred spirit" Val Telberg, a Russian-born artist-photographer, who layered photographic negatives (including images of Nin) to create Surrealist dreamscapes. Nin described Telberg's photography as a "spiritual X-ray" of her novel. Originally published in 1936 without illustrations, Nin self-published the book in 1958 after discovering Edward Brothers, a Chicago offset press that would allow her to cheaply reproduce the pages of her previous works, directly from the original. Creasing to top corner of lower panel, light general rubbing. Near fine. Item #1987