FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Original purple cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Top edge purple (considerably faded), bottom edge untrimmed. Boards sunned at edges and, patchily, at spine ends, corners bumped, with crumpling to top corner of bottom board. Discrete POI in black ink to ffep: “To E.W.B. from TI [?]/ July - 1941”, marginal loss and creasing to bottom edge of pp. 75-6, a few nicks and closed tears to later pages, some pencil scoring, mull showing between later gatherings, still, binding firm, scatter of spots to rear pastedown. In the original green and purple typographical dust jacket: spine and edges darkened, a few marks, losses to top edges of front and rear panels especially, nibbling into the title ‘N’, separating at all joints, especially at rear flap. A well-used copy of Barnes’ celebrated, kookily queer modernist classic. Scarce, especially in the original dust jacket.
Barnes’ extraordinary second novel, a performance of high catharsis, gothic style and eccentricity, apparently helped her assimilate her deep grief over her separation from the American sculptor Thelma Wood. While Wood’s surname makes up half of the title, she was far from flattered by the portrait of Robin Vote. According to Emily Holmes Coleman, the friend who worked doggedly to see Nightwood in print and eventually coerced T.S. Eliot to take it for Faber: “There has been nothing written of such intense jealousy before”. [ref: 2491]
Author BARNES, Djuna
Publisher London: Faber & Faber
Condition Good+/ fair