Washington, D.C. (i.e. Healdsburg, California): Zephyrus Image, 1977. Single oblong unbound sheet, measuring 6.75 x 9 inches, printed on both sides. Two linocut illustrations, one full-page.
Single unbound sheet containing four pages from Lucia Berlin’s first publication, the twenty-page chapbook “A Manual for Cleaning Ladies.” Later retitled “Maggie May,” the story follows a Bay Area house cleaner through her daily routine, gradually revealing her crushing grief: “When I smile, my hand goes involuntarily to my mouth. I collect sleeping pills, but you know I won't do it.” This sheet features two of the four linocut illustrations Michael Myers produced for the chapbook, now extremely scarce. In her lifetime, Berlin found a passionate following among fellow writers, winning the American Book Award in 1991, but her spare, bleakly comic fiction would not reach a wider readership until 2015, when a posthumous collection of her short stories became a surprise bestseller for Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A remarkable survival, in fine condition.