Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Insomnia or the Devil at Large [SIGNED]

(Albuquerque): Loujon Press, (1970). Henry Miller. First edition. Hardcover. Portfolio. 1/385, signed by Miller. Edition G. Consists of an approximately 19" x 34" wooden portfolio box. The front cover of the box, which slides out through slitted grooves in the larger portion of the box, has sustained marginal water damage. Taped to the front is a large photograph of Miller seated on a toilet with "Hoki" standing. The top right corner is creased and has about a five-inch tear. There is also some scraping in center of photograph. Bottom edge of cover with water discoloration. Silver nameplate at bottom reads "Ed. G: David Peery." The top and bottom edges of the cover feature a raised band of decoration with alternating blocks of unstained wood and green, with red lines above and below. Back of cover is plywood. The larger part of the box is brown stained on the back, with extensive scratching. Top and bottom edges are stained black and the sides covered in black and white op-art design paper. The bottom left edge is chipped, missing a piece a little over an inch long. The right side is also chipped, but still in tact. Title piece is printed on cardboard and features a small 5 1/2" x 6 1/2" b&w photograph of Hoki with the title printed on it as well. There is creasing around the edges and light tearing at the bottom. There is also some discoloration, possibly from dampness, to the top edge of the title page. Box contains 12 (complete) color plates, sized approximately 17" x 22" inches. Each image is signed and dated in the plate. Some plates with slight discoloration to edges. but in overall good condition. Underneath the plates, the box is filled with yellow foam except for a square cut-out in the center which is covered with raised decorative paper. Yellow foam is tearing and lifting a bit at the top edge. Inside cut out is the book "Insomnia or the Devil At Large." The book is 4to., unpaginated, and with untrimmed pages. It is bound in tan cloth, but the outer part of the cover is decorated with blue flowers on a green, yellow, and gold abstract background. The head and tail are slightly bumped. The book is stamped on the colophon page, "Edition G. 385 copies, book signed." Below this stamp apprears Miller's signature with the date of May 1, 1970. "Hoki" is Hiroko Tukudo Miller's nickname." Book itself is in very good condition. g. Item #8757

Price: $1,200.00

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