Item #5509 Shakespeare and Company. Sylvia Beach.

Shakespeare and Company

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1959. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's tan cloth, spine stamped in gray and slate, original illustrated dust jacket.

Stated first edition of bookseller and publisher Sylvia Beach's memoir, the "story of an American bookshop in Paris." The daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Beach first went to Paris as a teenager upon her father's appointment to the American Church in Paris. After working for the Red Cross during World War I, she returned to study French literature, and met Adrienne Monnier, who ran the bookshop La Maison des Amis des Livres. With Monnier's encouragement and support, Beach opened Shakespeare and Company, which soon became a home away from home for the many expatriate writers living in Paris, including Hemingway, Eliot, Stein, Harry and Caresse Crosby, and Joyce, whose masterpiece, Ulysses, she famously published in 1922. The shop was forced to close during the Nazi occupation, while Beach was briefly interred. Though soon released, and her books preserved in a vacant apartment nearby, she never re-opened the shop. (In 1951, American bookseller George Whitman opened his shop in another location on the Left Bank, naming it Shakespeare and Company in her honor.) Illustrated with 16-page insert of black-and-white photos. Dust jacket designed by Milton Glaser, godfather of American graphic design. Some chipping and edgewear to price-clipped dust jacket, with bookseller's ticket adhered to verso. Very good. Item #5509


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