Santa Barbara: Capra Press, 1975. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps, red endpapers.
First edition of this collection of six surreal stories by English painter and writer Carrington, illustrated by her son, Mexican artist Pablo Weisz Carrington. Having met Max Ernst at a dinner party in London in 1937, Carrington abandoned her bourgeois upbringing to live with the surrealist artist in a small farmhouse in France where they collaborated on a variety of projects for two years. The title story, among others, was written during her dalliance with him. While Carrington acknowledges that Ernst was "a uniquely inspiring companion," she went on to have an independently illustrious literary and artistic career after they were forced to part ways in 1939, when Ernst was arrested during the outbreak of World War II. When asked what she thought of her role as a "surrealist dolly-bird," Carrington has clarified, "I didn't have time to be anyone's muse... I was too busy rebelling against my family and learning to be an artist." Undergoing a recent revival kicked off by the 2017 centenary of her birth, the surrealist luminary is finally, if posthumously, receiving acclaim equal to her male contemporaries. Illustrated with six line-drawings by Weisz Carrington; with a foreword by feminist art critic Gloria Orenstein. Translated from the Spanish by Rochelle Holt. Published simultaneously with a signed limited hardcover edition. Light sunning and soiling to wraps, minor edgewear. Very good. Item #3184