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    Signed, Limited Copy of Gertrude Stein's Rarest Work

    Gertrude Stein. Before the Flowers of Friendship Faded Friendship Faded. Written on a Poem by Georges Hugnet. Paris: Plain Edition, [n.d., 1931]. First edition, number 38 of 120 copies signed by the author. Small folio (8.25 x 11.5 inches). 33 pages. Publisher's coarse brown wrappers printed in black on front cover, with original glassine dust jacket. Printed on handmade paper, untrimmed. The glassine jacket is toned and chipped, especially at the edges, and the stitching is loose. Otherwise, this is truly a beautiful copy. By this point in her career, Stein was a critically acclaimed author. In this collection, she masterfully exhibits her famous penchant for wordplay that reveals a deeper psychoanalytic meaning. This is the second book published by Plain Edition, a publishing venture undertaken by Stein and her partner, Alice B. Toklas.

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    After the self-financed publication of her first novel by Grafton Press, financial restraints caused Stein to seek out other means of getting her work published. The Plain Edition operation was largely funded by the sale of Stein and Toklas's personal collection of original Picasso paintings. Due to the extremely limited number of copies released during each run of Plain Edition titles, they have become much sought after. Wilson, page 24.

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    October, 2014
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