Poetry and Prose of William Blake, Complete in One Volume

By: Keynes, Geoffrey (ed.)

Price: $995.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good


1152pp. Original blue cloth with spine lettering stamped in gilt. Nicely printed, showing the influence of the Nonesuch Press on this edition. A nice association copy, bearing the bookplate of Anita Loos, the author of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and the first staff script writer in Hollywood (writing many of Douglas Fairbanks' films). Her bookplate, appropriately, is a depiction of Loos in typical "flapper" style by Frank Walts (originally appeared on the cover of the April 1918 issue of The Liberator). Taped to the front free endpaper is a calling card from Professor Emil Glas (Vienna, Austria) and on the verso is a gift inscription to Ms. Loos. Small red ink stamp on the same says, "From the estate of Anita Loos." Glas' connection to Anita Loos is fascinating. According to her autobiography, her husband (John Emerson, director of several Fairbanks films) suffered a psychosomatic loss of his voice after the success of "Gentlemen." Psychologists told her that the only cure would be if she gave up her career, which she did for a time. Loos tried all manner of treatment and physicians without any success. Finally, she contacted Glas (the leading expert in the field) and concocted an elaborate scheme to "cure" Emerson. The end result was a vial of alcohol which contained a couple of flecks of white membrane. Emerson would "proudly" carry this vial around with him for several months after his surgery. The good doctor told him that after his throat healed he would be able to speak again. The ruse worked and Loos was able to go back to Hollywood again. Therefore, this gift serves to document this important if bizarre episode in Ms. Loos' life. The inscription reads, "With kindly regards and best wishes for Misis Emerson-Loos from her Operateur [surgeon] Dr. Emil Glas" (a bit of a tongue in cheek inscription). The gilt lettering on the spine for "Random House" at the heel is flaking. Corners bumped. Many pages carelessly creased at one corner. Some foxing to the prelims and endmatter.

Title: Poetry and Prose of William Blake, Complete in One Volume

Author Name: Keynes, Geoffrey (ed.)

Categories: Signed Books, Film,

Publisher: NY & London, Random House & Nonesuch Press: 1927

Binding: Original Cloth

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Type: Association Copy

Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

Seller ID: 020204

Keywords: Anita Loos, Association Copy,