Paris: Plain Edition, 1932. First Edition, First Printing.
12 mo (7 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches; 185 x 135 mm), 400 pages, in buff-colored printed wrappers, titles to upper wrapper and spine, and with the original slipcase, identically printed.
One of 500 copies of a collection of operas and plays by Gertrude Stein, written between 1913 and 1931. The collection includes one of her most famous works, "Four Saints in Three Acts" (1927). "Four Saints" premiered at the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1934. It was directed by John Houseman and featured music by Virgil Thomson, choreography by Frederick Ashton, and sets and costumes by Florine Stettheimer. The production was notable for its all-black cast. (See Bonnie Marranca, "Presence of Mind," in Performing Arts Journal, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 1994, pages 1-17.)
Stein's Plain Edition published this book from the home of Stein and her companion Alice B. Toklas, at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris. Item #2219
CONDITION: Wrappers a bit soiled and creased, upper wrapper with slight tear near top, spine darkened but readable. Internally, page edges are lightly toned but pages are clean and unmarked. The slipcase is soiled and has a few small nicks and tears. Overall, about Very Good.