Manifesto. Caresse CROSBY, née Mary Phelps Jacob.


Roccasinibalda, Italia: Caresse Crosby, n.d., ca. 1952-1954. First Edition. Octavo broadside (21cm.); Fine. Text entirely in Italian. Manifesto of the pacifist Citizens of the World movement, which Caresse Crosby, founder of the Black Sun Press, established shortly after the end of World War II. This flyer presumably issued after her and the movement's expulsion from Greece where she had initially attempted to set up headquarters. The Greek government gave the reason that the movement was "conceived and initaited by aliens yet tending toward the creation of a super-national organization which may exercise international political influence" (cf. Linda Hamalian, The Cramoisy Queen: A Life of Caresse Crosby (2009), p. 169). The imprint at the bottom is of Crosby's 16th-century castle Roccasinibalda, located in the Province of Rieti, which she purchased ca. 1952. There is a chance this came prior to Crosby's expulsion from Greece, however; the text mentions the movement's taking inspiration "dall'Umanesimo Greco" and a Greek language Manifesto was also published about the same time. A scarce item: OCLC locates 3 copies as of March, 2016, at NYU, Indiana U., and Brown.

Price: $200.00

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