THE DESIRE AND PURSUIT OF THE WHOLE: A Romance of Modern Venice
first edition Hardcover
1953 · New York
by [WARHOL, Andy ]. ROLFE, Frederick (Baron Corvo)
New York: New Directions, 1953. First American edition. Hardcover. Very good +. 8vo. Peacock-blue boards, stamped in silver, in pictorial dust jacket. Moderate foxing/toning to jacket, with minor chipping to top edge and spine ends. Endpapers foxed; pages lightly toned. Very good plus overall.
First American publication of Rolfe's romance between his alter ego, Nicholas Crabbe, and the cross-dressing Venetian gondolier Zildo/Gilda. With a foreword by W.H. Auden, who found it "quite terrifying," and an introduction by A.J. Symons, Rolfe's biographer. With an early dust-jacket design by Andy Warhol. [READING ANDY WARHOL p. 27] (Inventory #: 23317)