Under a Glass Bell
First UK edition of Anais Nin's 13 short stories
First UK edition, first printing. Hardback bound in the original red cloth. 19 × 12.5cm, 231pp.
Under a Glass Bell was self-published by Anaïs Nin in 1944, using a manual press. This collection of thirteen short stories, beautifully crafted in a style influenced by French surrealism, but uniquely Nin’s, brought her national attention when Edmund Wilson of The New Yorker reviewed it. Considered one of Nin’s most successful works of fiction, the tales attain psychological realism through illusory symbolism.
A good plus copy. The red cloth a little rubbed and faded to the spine and the contents tanned, mostly to the margins but the book remains in good readable condition.