396. West (Nathanael) The Dream Life of Balso Snell, first edition, number 41 of 500 copies, signed presentation inscription from the author 'For Ruth, in friendship and affection' to limitation p., original printed wrappers, corners and spine ends slightly bumped, small chip to foot of spine, light surface soiling, still overall an excellent copy, preserved in custom drop-back box, 8vo, Paris, 1931.
Ruth Shapiro was the wife of John Sandord (1904-2003), the pseudonym of Julian Shapiro, American screenwriter and lifelong friend of Nathanael West.
est. £1000 – £1500
An excellent copy of the author's first book, an hilarious satire on the art of writing.