The first Methuen edition of 1951
Reprint (First Methuen edition). Hardback in dustwrapper. 19 × 12.5cm, 352pp
Tarr tells the blackly comic story of the lives and loves of two artists, played out against the backdrop of Paris before the start of the First World War—the English enfant terrible Frederick Tarr, and the middle-aged German Otto Kreisler, a failed painter who finds himself in a widening spiral of militaristic self-destruction. When both become interested in the same two women—Bertha Lunken, a conventional German, and Anastasya Vasek, the ultra-modern international devotee of 'swagger sex'—Wyndham Lewis sets the stage for a scathing satire of national and social pretensions, the fraught relationship between men and women, and the incompatibilities of art and life.
The book is in good readable condition, but with some foxing to the page edges. The dustwrapper is in good condition but is tanned to the spine and has some scattered foxing to the fore-edge of the front panel and a little surface damage. It is now within a protective sleeve. Previous owner's inscriptions to front pastedown.Sold