STEIN, Gertrude. Geography and Plays. Boston: Four Seas Company, 1922.
8vo.; original cloth-backed boards with paper spine label; pp. 419; jacket heavily worn, with central tear and approximately a quarter lost; pages slightly yellowed, some unopened.
First edition, fourth binding with less common patterned paper boards in tan, lavender, brown and gold.
Geography and Plays is a collection of Gertrude Stein’s writing from about 1908 to 1920. Stein was born in America, but moved to Paris when she was 29. In her Parisian salon, the leading figures of modernism, including Picasso, Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Matisse, would meet. Her activities during World War II have been the subject of analysis and commentary. As a Jew living in Nazi-occupied France, she may have only been able to sustain her lifestyle as an art collector, and indeed to ensure her physical safety, through the protection of the powerful Vichy government official and Nazi collaborator Bernard Faÿ. In the play Accents in Alsace, she gives her views on the town which she entered with the French army after armistice.