(Bachardy, Don). Huxley, Aldous; and Isherwood, Christopher.
Title: JACOB'S HANDS: A Fable.
Book Condition: Very good
Publisher:  New York: St. Martin's Press, (1998). (1998).
Seller ID: 36269
SIGNED BY DON BACHARDY AND LAURA HUXLEY - Octavo, cream boards backed with black cloth in a pictorial dust wrapper. The bottom corner of the rear cover is slightly creased. There is some minor soiling to the dust jacket & the bottom edge of its front panel is slightly creased & chipped. xii,  leaf & 141 pages. Endpapers illustrated with portrait drawings of Huxley and Isherwood by Don Bachardy. Near fine in a very good dust wrapper. First edition, with an introduction by Laura Archera Huxley. Signed by Laura Huxley on the half-title. Inscribed and signed by Don Bachardy for artist Renate Druks on the front pastedown: "To dear Renate / from her loving / Don (Bachardy) / 25 September 1998". Additionally signed and inscribed by Bachardy on a card announcing a celebration of the publication of the book: "Dear Renate / This is just in case you might be interested. It would be lovely to see you. I do hope you're feeling well again. Love, Don". 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 Mathiessen. 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.
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