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Sale 2514 Lot 37
DJUNA BARNES (1892-1982)
Ladies Almanack. Showing their Signs and their tides; their Moons and their Changes; the Seasons as it is with them; their Eclipses and Equinoxes, as well as a full Record of diurnal and nocturnal Distempters. Written & Illustrated by A Lady of Fashion.
84,  pp. Frontispiece, title-page vignette and 21 illustrations by the author, all hand-colored. Small 4to, publisher's plain cream wrappers; illustrated and hand-colored parchment French-fold dust jacket, some occasional small flecks and faint fading, original glassine outer jacket (tanned and chipped, preserved in four fragments) and presumed original glassine sleeve; browning confined to extreme outer edges of contents, light smudging to endleaves, illustrations bright, publisher's prospectus laid in; preserved in custom cloth folding case. Paris: Printed for the Author, and Sold by Edward W. Titus, 1928.
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000
exceedingly rare limited edition, the deluxe issue, number 9 of 10 copies signed by the author anonymously as "A Lady of Fashion" on Vergé de Vidalon. Additionally inscribed by Barnes to her literary executor, "For Hank O'Neal - / from Djuna Barnes / with affection - / N.Y. 1979" on front free endpaper. Includes a 1 page typescript, "New page for Ladies Almanack," heavily edited in red ink by Barnes, possibly prepared for the 1972 Harper & Row facsimile edition. A landmark title in lesbian literature, with no other copies of the deluxe issue appearing at auction according to Rare Book Hub and ABPC.