Solar Barque. Anaïs Nin, Norman Mailer.
Solar Barque

Solar Barque

[N.p.]: Edwards Brothers, 1958. Octavo, original pictorial paper wrappers. Illustrated by Peter Loomer. Light toning and soiling to wrappers, front joint rubbed. Housed in a custom slipcase.

First edition of the self-published final novel in Nin’s experimental Cities of the Interior sequence, later retitled The Seduction of the Minotaur. Set in a “drugging” Mexican town, the novel follows the American heroine's frustrated escape into the tropics: “The farther she traveled into unknown places, unfamiliar places, the more precisely she could find within herself a map showing only the cities of the interior." This copy is inscribed by Anaïs Nin to “Norman Mailer and Mrs. Mailer” on the front free endpaper. Nin and Mailer were united in their strategic linking of sexuality and creativity, although Nin privately decried Mailer’s glorification of violence, calling it “a symptom of impotence” in her journals. A very good copy, with an excellent literary association.

Price: $650.00

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