New Haven: Yale University Press, 1951. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s black cloth, spine stamped in red, boards decoratively stamped in blue, original printed dust jacket.
First edition of a collection of portraits penned by American modernist and literary celebrity Gertrude Stein. The first volume in Yale University Press's landmark series "The Unpublished Writings of Gertrude Stein," this gathering comprises early prose portraits of people and places Stein wrote while living in Paris, including pieces on her elder brother Leo Stein, sculptor David Edstrom, actress Julia Marlowe, writer Harriet Lane Levy, the Paris department store Bon Marché, and more. Issued between 1951 and 1958, the "Unpublished Writings" ran to eight volumes of previously unpublished work including novellas, poetry, and other short pieces. Edited by pioneering art critic and Stein’s most important champion Carl Van Vechten; with a foreword by pioneering American journalist and longtime New Yorker columnist Janet Flanner, a friend of Stein and other key members of the Lost Generation. Minor shelfwear; unclipped dust jacket with some chipping to spine-ends and flap folds, light edgewear. Very good. Item #8023