The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas
1935, the first printing in The Week-End Library
First thus (first printing in The Week-End Library). Hardback in dustwrapper. 17.5 × 11.5cm, 337pp.
A fascinating insight into the vibrant culture of Modernism, and the rich artistic world of Paris's Left Bank. For Gertrude Stein and her wife Alice B. Toklas, life in Paris was based upon the rue de Fleurus and the Saturday evenings and 'it was like a kaleidoscope slowly turning'. Picasso was there with 'his high whinnying Spanish giggle', as were Cezanne and Matisse, Hemingway and Fitzgerald. As Toklas put it—'The geniuses came and talked to Gertrude Stein and the wives sat with me'. A light-hearted entertainment, this is in fact Gertrude Stein's own autobiography and a roll-call of all the extraordinary painters and writers she met between 1903 and 1932. Audacious, sardonic and characteristically self-confident, this is a definitive account by American in Paris.
The book itself is in very good condition with clean pages and secure binding. Previous owner's name to the ffep. The dustwrapper is tanned to the spine with some surface wear but has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.