First printings of all Nin's collected Diaries, together with the two posthumously published volumes of her early writings and a photographic supplement.
Very good plus overall.
"A sorrow made me create a protective cave, this journal."
Nin's Diaries as originally issued at her own direction cover the period from 1931-1974, and constitute a major unified work of art for which she is justly renowned; her earlier personal writings, issued after her death and dating from her early adolescent years, are collected in LINOTTE: The Early Diary of Anais Nin 1914-1920 and THE EARLY DIARY OF ANAIS NIN: Volume Two 1920-1923 (both included). This is a set of ten volumes in total: the first (expurgated) edition of Nin's Diaries, complete in seven volumes, along with the additional first two volumes of Early Diaries and Nin's 1974 Photographic Supplement, for which Nin provided editor John Ferrone full access to her private image collection.
Nin's journals provide an unparalleled intimacy of perspective into a writer's experience of psychoanalysis, with Otto Rank; her familial and romantic relationships variously complex, passionate, artistically fruitful, transformative, and abusive; the direct inner experience of literary creation and of a woman's artistic agency alternately encouraged and trampled by a succession of domineering figures eager to influence a woman sometimes amenable to that influence, but always observing, feeling, and above all, analyzing and recording. As her brother wrote in his Preface to her early diaries: "For Anaïs, books were like people...In Anaïs it is dangerous to differentiate between the two. She once wrote that she would have liked to have been a book and, indeed, for her, people were like books."
New York: The Swallow Press and Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc, 1966-1982. 10 volumes total: 7 vols. 8.25'' x 5.25'' each; 2 vols. 9'' x 6'' each; supplement 7.75'' x 5.25''. All diary volumes original cloth in original unclipped dust jackets; Photographic Supplement in original perfect-bound wrappers. Edited and with prefaces by Gunther Stuhlmann and Joaquin Nin-Culmell. Mild wear to boards; moderate foxing to fore-edges of several volumes. Some wear to jacket edges, with minor chipping and spine creasing to earlier volumes.
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