First Edition in Original Wrappers
MILLER, Henry. Tropic of Capricorn. Paris: The Obelisk Press , [1939].
First edition, variant issue with the paper wrappers not having fold-over flaps, but with '60 FRS' printed on spine and not stamped out, Obelisk Press logo on back wrapper, and with the yellow errata slip tipped in between pages vi and vii. Collates the same as Pearson A-60a. Octavo (7 3/8 x 5 1/2 inches; 188 x 140 mm) x, 11-367, [1, blank], [1, imprint], [3, blank] pp.

Original printed wrappers, front panel red, back panel and spine white. Lettered in black and with a white sun vignette. All edges untrimmed. Bottom edge a bit crease and chipped. Bottom of spine chipped. Pages 181-184 and 189-192 with tears to fore-edge margin and upper corner, but not affecting text. Overall a very good, internally clean copy.

"Originally scheduled for publication in February but delayed for three months, as a result of which a few copies were sold before the beginning of the war, the death of Kahane and the shutting down of the Obelisk Press. On these copies the original printed price on the spine and both flaps has not been inked out. The bulk of the first edition was sold only when Maurice Girodias reopened for business after the war. On these copies the price on the spine and flaps has been inked out." (Pearson, A-60a).

"Tropic of Capricorn (1939) is Miller’s best-known work published in the years following Tropic of Cancer. Obviously conceived as a companion book of self-exposure and self-celebration to the earlier work, and written in the same spirit, Tropic of Capricorn deals with the period 1920–1930 in Miller’s life, before he left New York for Paris. He writes of his experiences at the “Cosmodemonic Telegraph Company” and of his tormented life with June, of his voracious reading, and of his frustrated attempts to become a writer. But far from treating any of these with bitterness, the book is remarkable for the fullness of its humor, its surrealistic exuberance, and its mythical dimensions. In it Miller proclaims that sexual ecstasy, together with awareness of the chaos of modern civilization, can liberate the individual. At the end of the book he frees himself to become the first American dada-surrealist writer; he takes a new name—“Gottlieb Lebenrecht Muller,” the God-loving, right-living man—and is born anew through the powers of imagination that derive from natural sensuality." (American National Biography).

Shifreen & Jackson A21b. Pearson A-60a.

HBS # 68212 $750