Portfolio No. 1. Caresse Crosby, ed.
Portfolio No. 1

Portfolio No. 1

np: Black Sun Press, 1945. First edition. Large folio, cover leaf and 26 individual leaves, some bifolium, laid into silkscreened boards comb bound at the spine. One of a limited edition of 17 numbered copies bearing the following handwritten note by Caresse inside the front board; "This Private Edition is strictly limited to Seventeen copies in France Only. CC." The standard edition was limited to 1300 copies.

An unrecorded edition of the first issue of Caresse Crosby's magnificent attempt to "contribute to rebuilding the culture of Europe" through poetry, literature, and the arts." This first issue was published immediately after the end of the war and printed in Washington, D. C. The reasoning and history of this private edition is unknown, and is not recorded in Minkoff's bibliography of the press, nor had Minkoff seen this edition when queried by email by your cataloguer in 2019. Given the dire situation in France at the end of the war, there must certainly be a story here for future bibliographers or collectors to unearth.

Over the course of six issues Portfolio became one of the most influential magazines of the postwar era, publishing the first work of Charles Bukowski, and the first English language work of Albert Camus, and other superb work from the European and American avant-gardes.

This first issue includes contributions from Caresse Crosby, René Crevel, Henry Miller, David Daiches, Jerome Weidman, Karl Shapiro, Kay Boyle, Louis Aragon, Ruth Herschberger, Demetrios Capetanakis, Coleman Rosenberger, Jean Helion, Romare Bearden, Henry T. Moore, Pietro Lazzari, Lilian Swann Saarinen, and Harry Crosby.

Contents fine. Boards lughtly bumped at tips, else bright and fine- the best copy we've seen. Item #28327

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