Gertrude Stein. Jacket designed by Francis Rose.
Batsford. London. April 1940. First edition, first impression. Hardback; red cloth-bound boards, dust jacket. viii, 120 pages. Frontispiece and 7 hors-texte colour and b&w plates. English. 225 x 150mm. 0.4kg. . Very good, in very good dust jacket; slight wear to jacket, ruffling with some slight loss to forecorners and spine ends, 3 short 1cm tears at spine ends, crease to spine, light browning to spine, not price-clipped; slight fading to boards, some dustiness and spotting to edges, some spotting to pages, neat 1943 ownership signature to front pastedown.
Gertrude Stein's hymn to Paris and France written during the first year of the Second World War. Stein's text explores the spirit of the French people, discussing their manners and mores in relation to literature, painting, fashion, cooking, traditions and ideas. Francis Rose provided the illustrations for the striking dust jacket and there are illustrations by Rose, Juan Gris, Picasso and Lascaux.