Gentle Spirit. A Fantastic Story.

Gentle Spirit. A Fantastic Story.
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Paris: Harrison of Paris, 1931. 8vo, 85pp., printed on Japan vellum. Frontispiece and tailpiece by Christian Berard. Original blue boards, vellum backstrip lettered in gilt, slipcase (small piece lost from backstrip). Virtually as new Limited to 495 copies of which this is copy XXVIII of 50 de luxe copies. One of the later (8th of 13) books from Harrison of Paris who published in Paris and later New York. Established by Barbara Harrison Wescott, "who was born on October 27, 1904, the second daughter of Francis Burton Harrison and his first wife Mary Crocker Harrison, an heiress from San Francisco. Mary Crocker Harrison was a granddaughter of Charles Crocker, a self-made multi-millionaire who founded the Central Pacific Railroad and, with three other men, took over Southern Pacific Railroad and built the transcontinental railroad. Barbara Wescott's mother was killed in an automobile accident in 1905 at age 23 when Barbara was barely a year old. According to a 1914 article in the Washington Post her inheritance from her mother was then worth some $2 million; adjusted for inflation, this would equal $43 million in 2014 dollars.While living in France, she worked closely with other American expatriates in the literary world. She and Monroe Wheeler established Harrison of Paris, a press publishing limited-edition literary paperbacks. From 1930 to 1934, Harrison of Paris published thirteen titles, including two new works by Glenway Wescott, Wheeler's longtime companion. In 1934, shortly before Barbara Harrison married Glenway's brother Lloyd Wescott, the press relocated to New York, where it published a final title, Katherine Anne Porter's Hacienda. She continued her patronage of the arts throughout her life and was a noted collector of artwork. She died in 1977." (Wikipedia) (Item Id: 122392)

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