Boni & Liveright. New York. 1927. First edition. Hardback; navy cloth-bound boards with printed title-label to front board and spine, dust jacket. 89 pages. English. 200 x 135mm. 0.3kg. . Near fine, in very good dust jacket; jacket has some slight shlef wear, light wear to spine with a small nick to head, light browning to spine and panels, a few small marks; binding firm and square, light foxing to top edge, internally clean.
Iris Tree (1897-1968) was a a poet, playwright, actor and artist's muse. The daughter of Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, first wife of Curtis Moffat, and youthful friend of Nancy Cunard and Diana Cooper (nee Manners), she lived a bohemian life spending her time between London, Paris and the United States. Today she is recognised as the subject of numerous twentieth-century artworks, including pieces by Epstein, Augustus John, Dora Carrington, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Wyndham Lewis, but it was to poetry and the theatre that Tree channelled her own creative energy. She contributed several poems to Edith Sitwell's Wheels anthology and her first volume of poetry, Poems, was published in 1919. This second collection brings together fifty poems. The chapters reflect Tree's itinerant, bohemian life - 'The Traveller', 'Refrains of London', 'Refrains of Paris', 'Crossways', and 'Returning'.