London: The Pushkin Press, (1946). Octavo, original red cloth lettered in gold, original unclipped color pictorial dust jacket. Lightest foxing to endpapers, lower hinge starting, small chip to head of jacket spine panel.
Striking midcentury edition of Gertrude Stein’s Three Lives, first published at her own expense in 1909, featuring three experimental stories about working-class women in a city based on Baltimore: “The Good Anna,” “Melanctha,” and “The Gentle Lena.” Three Lives baffled Stein's early readers, but emerged as a touchstone for modernist writers on both sides of the Atlantic: “You always wanting to have it all clear out in words always, what everybody is always feeling. I certainly don't see a reason, why I should always be explaining to you what I mean by what I am just saying. And you ain’t got no feeling ever for me, to ask me what I meant, by what I was saying when I was so tired, that night. I never know anything right I was saying.” Lithographic dust jacket designed by English commercial artist Enid Marx, a contemporary of Edward Bawden and Barnett Freedman, who was elected Royal Designer for Industry in 1944. A near-fine copy.