1945 · Paris
First post-war edition, the third edition printed by Obelisk, and the fourth overall, of Miller's second published novel.
According to Miller's bibliographers, the 1945 printing uses the same plates as the 1938 edition, explaining why the copyright reads "Reprinted October 1938," confusing this with the second Obelisk printing. "The actual date of publication is 1945 and is documented in a letter Miller wrote to Ben Abramson in August of that year" (Shifreen & Jackson). Like the copy seen by Shifreen and Jackson, the present copy's leaves vary in size, so that many are shorter than others.
Jack Kahane founded the Obelisk Press at Paris in 1929 to publish illicit English-language books like this free from legal censure.
Shifreen & Jackson A12e. Publisher's steel gray wrappers with white boxes lettered in black; faded and shelf-worn, paper on the lower spine cracked to reveal quires beneath. Age-toning resulting from poor paper quality, as usual for this edition; sewing brittle. Far from pristine; definitely showing evidence of its readership. (Inventory #: 30196)