Paris: Contact Editions, Ile Saint-Louis, Quai d'Anjou, 29, 1926. First Edition. Wrappers. Scarce First Printing of the author's first published novel. Crown 8vo (193 x 139mm): Original cream-colored paper wrappers with French flaps, spine and covers lettered in black (front cover repeating title page, back with list of seven Contact Edition titles). Light shelf wear and nicks to edges, but a superb example, entirely unopened, tightly bound and clean throughout (virtually pristine aside from archivally repaired closed tear to front wrapper). Boughn A8a.i. Fine. Item #BB2564
H. D. met Ezra Pound at a Halloween party when she was fifteen and he sixteen, beginning a relationship that lasted the rest of her life. In 1913, in London, she married Richard Aldington. Six years later, the heiress Bryher (Winifred) Ellerman entered her life, becoming H. D.’s companion until H. D.'s death. Dollittle's work spanned five decades, incorporating a variety of genres and contributing to the avant-garde milieu that dominated the arts in London and Paris until the end of the Second World War. Palimpsest, a three-part novel set in classical Rome, London after the war, and Egypt during its excavation, "illustrates H. D.’s strong sense of the ways in which historical periods overlap. The novel was part of a planned set of three novel cycles," with the palimpsest motif giving the impression that one story has been superimposed on the other and that the protagonist is always the same woman—in essence H. D. herself. (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).