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Henry Miller 'Insomnia or the Devil at Large' Book Portfolio Watercolors Lithos

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Henry Miller 'Insomnia or the Devil at Large' Book Portfolio Watercolors Lithos

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Henry Miller, American Author ( 1891-1980) Portfolio in Wooden Box with 12 Watercolor Lithographs and Book. Please contact us for more photos. Miller, Henry. Insomnia, or the Devil at Large. Portfolio with signed, limited edition book (unpaginated), illustrated throughout by Henry Miller, spiral bound wrapped in elaborately patterned paper decorated with blue and green flowers on a gold abstract background. Illustrated with 12 (17"x22")color lithographs after watercolors by Henry Miller, each image signed and dated on the plate. Housed in original large wooden portfolio box (19 x 24"), on upper cover a large mounted photograph of Miller seated on toilet, photo has some marks and wear; long sides of box are covered in a gold floral design. Albuquerque, New Mexico: Loujon Press, 1970. First Edition (Edition G, limited to 385 copies), with the gold nameplate. Miller's signature appears in the book (dated May 1, 1970). This copy is preserved in fine condition. Written and painted during their courtship, Insomnia is in the words of it's publisher, "a love story. Always a romantic at heart, Henry Miller fell passionately, completely, but not hopelessly, in love at age 75 with a 25 year old Japanese singer, Hoki Tokuda. Hoki spoke some English; Miller spoke no Japanese. Hoki was a featured singer in a piano bar in Hollywood. Henry was semi-retired and divorced, a lonely literary giant. He pursued her for a year. Out of the frustration of sleepless nights, out of a clear vision of himself as an aging romantic, out of his compulsion to court and marry this 'young nightingale,' Miller has fashioned a deeply moving, revealing romance." This is the most elaborate production of the Loujon Press, which had been plagued by numerous setbacks, the result being that the total edition size was only 385 editions which was far less than what was originally projected.

CONDITION Good. Lithographs are in excellent condition as is the spiral bound book. The wooden box is in good condition with some creases and wear to the photograph on the front of the wooden box and a bit of wear to the paper on the sides of the box. . WEAR Wear consistent with age and use DIMENSIONS 1.63 in.Hx24 in.Wx19.25 in.D 4 cmHx61 cmWx49 cmD