Lot 6 of 455:
Taos Quartet by Merle Armitage one of 16 copies  

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Lot closed - unsold
Estimate:
$1,500 - $2,500

Title:
Taos Quartet
Author:
Armitage, Merle
Place:
No place
Publisher:
Merle Armitage
Date:
1950
Description:

[2], 21 pp. Printed on rectos only. Illustrations by Richard Pousette-Dart. (4to) 27x21 cm (10½x8¼") original red cloth. One of only 16 copies. First Edition.

Armitage's account of D.H. Lawrence's stay in Taos as the guest of Mabel Dodge Luhan. According to Thomas Rice in his D.H. Lawrence: A Guide to Research it contains "several barbed remarks about Mabel Luhan's destructive and dangerous influence on them." Inscribed by Armitage on the rear endpaper: "For Elinor - this was written and designed for the February 1951 issue of FLAIR, a Merle Armitage Book, to be bound into that issue. When Flair suspended, I had 16 copies printed & bound for friends, this is your Christmas present, with love from Elsa, Charma, & Merle. 1950." Exceedingly rare, no copies in recent auction records and seven of the sixteen copies are in institutional collections.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Minor wear to binding; half title with a few drip marks bleeding front the red free endpaper; near fine.
 
Item number:
291616a
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