THE CONFESSIONS OF EDWARD DAHLBERG [The Dedication Copy]
New York: George Braziller, 1971. First Edition. 8vo. Near fine in like jacket. Touches of wear to extremities. Else bright and sharp. INSCRIBED by Dahlberg to book's dedicee, Lew Feldman: "My dear Lew. I do hope the Boke [underlined] dedicated to you will please you. Your friend Edward. Oct 21, 70. NYC." Additionally laid in are two typed signed letters dated 1970 from Dahlberg to Feldman in original envelopes (100+ and 25+ words each respectively), one xerox of Kirkus review of CONFESSIONS, as well as one typed signed letter from Edwin Seaver at George Braziller conveying the book to Feldman. (Item ID: 13295)
The dedication copy of this late work by the prolific Dahlberg, a memoir of the bohemian writer's life as well as his intellectual and sexual development. Modeled in part on St. Augustine and Rousseau, CONFESSIONS follows-up and in many ways revises his highly regarded autobiography BECAUSE I WAS FLESH (1964). Warmly inscribed to Lew Feldman, famed book dealer of the House of El Dieff, to whom CONFESSIONS is dedicated ("To Lew D. Feldman with affectionate gratitude."). Feldman and Dahlberg were close, as evidenced not only by the dedication, but also by the typed letter included when the book was sent by the publisher to Feldman. In part: "Thank you so much for your enchanting reply; such a human answer itself merits the dedication I so joyfully gave to the man who has done so much for me." And later in the same letter, Dahlberg adds in his own hand: "Lew, you have great human sweetness as archaic nowadays as the learing [?] of the heart which is the only erudition that a worth a [damn?]." An exceptional association between one of America's most prominent men of letters and and one of her most prominent bookmen. 312pp. with index.