BRYHER. West. Jonathan Cape, 1925.

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 191 (1). Green cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Spine ends bruised, bands of sunning to top and bottom edges. Bottom edge untrimmed. Edges browned, with scant spotting. Endpapers tanned, else, pleasingly clean and tight. In good original DJ (with archival Melinex cover) – tanned, rubbed, some nicking, small closed tear to head of spine. Following her ‘growth’ in Development (1920) and Two Selves (1923), Bryher’s protagonist Nancy visits the US for the first time, including veiled portraits of Amy Lowell and Marianne Moore, plus an acerbic account of nascent Hollywood. Born Annie Winifred Ellerman, Bryher’s money, hard work and enthusiasm were spent on nurturing modernist talent, running a number of little magazines and presses, as well as fostering silent film culture.
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