Contemporary Portraits, Frank Harris (Mitchell Kennerley, New York, 1915 [first edition])
8.5″ X 5.75″, vii 346pp, hardbound, green cloth boards with gilt titles on spine and cover, top edge gilt others deckled, good condition, minor shelf wear and bumping to corners, hinges and binding good. Illustrated with 8 portraits. Owner’s(?) signature with date, july 1, 1915.
Frank Harris (1856-1931) was an editor, journalist and publisher. Though he attracted much attention during his life for his irascible, aggressive personality, editorship of famous periodicals, and friendship with the talented and famous, he is remembered mainly for his multiple-volume memoir My Life and Loves, which was banned in countries around the world for its sexual explicitness. In this volume, he offers short “portraits” of famous people he has gotten to know, Oscar Wilde, Sir. Richard Burton, Swinburne, Guy de Maupassant, Anatole France, among others.