A Manual for Cleaning Ladies. Lucia Berlin.

A Manual for Cleaning Ladies

Washington DC [actually Healdsburg, CA]: National Endowment for the Domestic Arts / Zephyrus Image, 1977. First edition. [20] pp. String-sewn letterpress printed wrappers. Illustrated with four linocuts by Michael Myers. Housed in the original envelope with linocut printed in green, as issued. The book shows some offsetting to the first and last leaves from the acidic wrappers, as always seen, but is otherwise fine. The envelope shows some toning and handling wear.

Berlin’s first publication, preceding the collection Angels Laundromat by four years. Always difficult to find, and increasingly scarce in recent years. Following the publication of her collected short stories, A Manual for Cleaning Women, in 2015, Berlin has received the wide and deserved acclaim that was not overly forthcoming in her lifetime.

Johnston, Zephyrus Image, pp. 126-27; 208. Item #2184

Price: $2,600.00

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