Item #8221 Insel. Mina Loy, Elizabeth Arnold.
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Insel

Santa Rosa, CA: Black Sparrow Press, 1991. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s decorative cloth over illustrated paper-covered boards, cornflower endpapers, printed paper label to spine, original acetate dust jacket.

"He has an evening suit, but never an occasion to wear it, so he puts it on when he paints his pictures." Binder's copy of the first edition of artist, writer, modernist, futurist, and feminist Loy's only novel, posthumously published by Black Sparrow Press in 1991. Penned by Loy in 1930, the semi-autobiographical, experimental narrative depicts the tumultuous relationship between the unnamed narrator and a struggling artist named Insel, loosely based on the German painter Richard Oelze. Long underappreciated by critics and readers, Loy was popular among her contemporaries, including Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein. William Carlos Williams said of her, "Mina Loy was endowed from birth with a first-rate intelligence and a sensibility which has plagued her all her life facing a shoddy world." Foreword by Loy's editor and literary executor Roger L. Conover. Edited by American poet Elizabeth Arnold; with a glossary of translations of foreign words and phrases found in the text and short chronologies of Loy and Oelze. Photo of Loy by Man Ray. Unnumbered copy from a sub-limitation of 176 copies handbound, this copy being from the personal collection of Earle Gray of the Earle Gray Book Binding Company, which bound virtually all of the Black Sparrow Press books between 1968-2002, and is noted as such on the colophon. Fine in original acetate dust jacket. Item #8221

$350.00

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