Tropic of Capricorn
Paris, Obelisk Press, 1939. Miller's fourth book to be printed by Jack Kahane's Obelisk Press in Paris, which had also published Tropic of Cancer as well as work by such writers as Anais Nin, James Joyce, Cyril Connolly, Lawrence Durrell, and others. This is a variant unrecorded by Miller's bibliographers, with the sheets of the variant first edition (Shifreen & Jackson A21b) and the binding conforming to such on all points but for a "175 00" price stamped on the back wrapper and no price on the spine. Small edge and corner tears, crease on the rear cover; near fine in wrappers. Tropic of Capricorn, like Tropic of Cancer, could not be published in the U.S. until nearly three decades after this edition because of its frank depiction of sexual matters, but it wielded an enormous influence from afar, and helped usher in a new era of literature, in which traditional barriers to the artist's self-expression were abandoned. [#029263] $2,500
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