New York: Harcourt, Brace & World and Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1966-1980. Hardcover. A complete set of Anaïs Nin's expurgated diaries. The second, third, fifth, sixth, and seventh volumes are first editions; the first and fourth volumes are later printings.
Inscribed by Anaïs Nin to Dr. Robert Macy on the front flyleaf in the first volume, with a handwritten postcard from Nin to Macy laid in the fifth volume. Macy was a Southern California osteopath who owned a second home in Big Sur, where he befriended Henry Miller, Alan Watts, and other writers and artists.
Born in France to Cuban parents, Anaïs Nin began keeping a diary at the age of eleven and continued the practice for the rest of her life. Confessional, scandalous, and thoroughly absorbing, her diaries became one of the most celebrated literary projects of the 20th century. Writing candidly of her marriages and affairs – including those with psychoanalyst Otto Rank and author Henry Miller – Nin presents a passionate and detailed record of a modern woman’s journey of self discovery.
Octavo, seven volumes: various paginations with textual photographs and illustrations. Original cloth bindings, with gilt and blind-stamped titles. A bit of soiling along the edges of the first volume. The dust jackets of the first four volumes are price-clipped, with some general minor edgewear to all seven; otherwise a very good set. Very good / Very good. Item #75794