London: Hogarth Press, 1937. First Edition. Hardcover. First Impression of one of Isherwood's famous Berlin Stories. Small 8vo: 150pp. Publisher's finely woven French blue cloth, spine lettered in black, without the scarce dust jacket. One of only 2040 copies (reprinted later the same year and again in 1938). A Fine copy (very slight spine role), binding tight and bright, pages crisp and clean. Wolmer 451. Fine. Item #BB1562
The novella that became the second part of Goodbye to Berlin, which Leonard and Virginia Woolf published in 1939. Isherwood's valedictory portrait of the Berlin demimonde, commemorating the "decadent" bars and nightclubs the Nazis would close and immortalizing their denizens. The story relates the narrator's friendship with Sally Bowles, a young English actress who has come to Berlin in search of work. "In lieu of a theatrical part, Sally makes a performance of her life, acting the role of femme fatale . . . [But] it is Sally, rather than any of her shady benefactors, who has her heart broken." (Literary Encyclopedia) Liza Minnelli won the Academy Award for her performance as Sally in the 1972 film Cabaret. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.