Title: MY GURU AND HIS DISCIPLE.
Book Condition: Good
Publisher:  New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, (1980). (1980).
Seller ID: 36259
INSCRiBED AND SIGNED BY CHRISTOPER ISHERWOOD FOR THE ARTIST RENATE DRUKS - Octavo, black cloth titled in gilt in a dust wrapper. The binding is lightly rubbed with the tail of the spine faded. The dust jacket is lightly chipped with small pieces out of the head of its spine & the adjacent corner of its rear panel. Its front flap is creased, [x], 337 &  pages. There is a small area of light foxing to the bottom edge. Good. First edition, first printing. Inscribed by he author on the title page in the year of publication: "for Renate, with so much love and admiration and in gratitude for terrible memories and great laughs! / Chris. June 14 1980". The recipient, Viennese-born artist Renate Druks (1921-2007) was one of Anais Nin's closest friends. Renate was first introduced to Anais Nin by their mutual friend Paul Mathiesen. Druks and Mathiesen came up with the idea of the "Come as Your Madness" masquerade party to which Nin showed up in a skin-colored leotard with a birdcage encasing her head from which she drew out ticker-tape upon which she'd penned lines from her books. Kenneth Anger, in attendance, was inspired by the event to create his film "Inauguration of the Pleasuredome" which featured scenes with Nin, Druks and Mathiesen. Anais Nin and Renate Druks remained close friends until Nin's death and the character of Renate in Nin's final novel "Collages" is based on her friend. Renate Druks held her first solo exhibition of her paintings at the Lane Galleries in 1957. Her Malibu home later became known as a salon for the avant garde which was often visited by the likes of Kenneth Anger, Don Bachardy, Christopher Isherwood, James Bridges, Henry Miller, Virgil Thompson, and Anais Nin, among others. In her diaries, Anais Nin wrote "Renate's gift is a heightened mood which communicates itself to others. She created in a state of natural intoxication". Dust jacket present. First Edition.
METAPHYSICS; HINDUISM; SWAMI PRABHAVANANDA; CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD; MY GURU AND HIS DISCIPLE; INSCRIBED; SIGNED; SIGNATURE; AUTOGRAPH; AVANT-GARDE ARTIST; RENATE DRUKS; FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING; 1ST EDITION, 1ST PRINTING.