On Turning Eighty

Santa Barbara: Capra Press, 1972.

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Fine. First edition, paperbound issue (published simultaneously with a hardbound issue of 200 copies). Tanning to the edges of the wrappers, one correction in the text, probably in Miller's hand, else about fine in wrappers. Inscribed by the author: "For Sydney from his Capricornian friend. Henry. 10/20/72." The recipient, Sydney Omarr, was the "astrologer to the stars" and published a daily horoscope that appeared in more than 200 newspapers. Omarr wrote a book on Miller, Henry Miller: His World of Urania, and Miller wrote the introduction to Sydney Omarr's Astrological Guide to 1973 and the liner notes to the record album Presenting Sydney Omarr. A very nice association.

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On Turning Eighty. Henry MILLER.

Henry Miller
birth name: Henry Valentine Miller
born: 12/26/1891
died: 6/7/1980
nationality: USA

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Biography

American writer and perennial bohemian whose autobiographical novels had a liberating influence on mid-20th century literature. Because of their sexual frankness, his major works were banned as obscene in Britain and the United States until the 1960s, but they were widely known earlier from copies smuggled in from France. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literaturemore

Collecting tips:

Miller was very prolific, and his bibliography is huge, and seemingly ever expanding. For us though, the apex of his work seems to boil down to Tropic of Cancer (Paris, 1934) and Tropic of Capricorn (Paris, 1939). Finding copies in really fine condition can be a chore, and expensive when finally accomplished. We think his additional work deserves attention, but there sure is a lot of it!

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