Ojai: Dillingham Press, 1985. First edition. Hardcover. Signed Beatrice Wood on half-title. Quarto. Original black cloth with gilt vignette on cover, gilt lettering on spine, in original illustrated dustjacket, black lettering on spine. Burgundy endpapers. Illustrated half-title. Color frontispiece.
Autobiography of one of the acclaimed American ceramists. She is characterized as the "Mother of Dada" to no great extent based on her close relation with Marcel Duchamp and Henri-Pierre Roché and publishing the Dada magazines "The Blind Man" and "Rongwrong."
"Rebellious, radical and romantic, Beatrice Wood was determined ti be an artists. She fled to Paris for several bohemian seasons as a painter and actress, then returned to New York where she fell into the loving clutches of two Frenchmen: author Henri-Pierre Roché and Dada artist Marcel Duchamp. Her promising youth was followed by a disastrous marriage, financial woes and a debilitating physical affliction, but in 1933, at the age of forty, she discovered the passion that would change her life: pottery... She gives us rare glimpses into the lives of such personalities as Duchamp and Roché, Brancusi, Isadora Duncan, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Anais Nin and other..." (Publisher).
Illustrated throughout with b/w photographs of her social and professional circles, drawings and her pottery throughout. Dustjacket with very light wear and some foxing along foredges. Dustjacket in overall good-, binding and interior in very good condition. Good- to very good condition. Item #48928