Insomnia or The Devil at Large, Henry Miller
First edition, first printing of this stunningly produced volume of Miller's confessional record of his year-long infatuation with Japanese singer Hoki Tokuda. Complete portfolio of Edition G, consisting of the original wooden box (approx. 23.75 x 19") with a sliding cover and brass name plaque, title plate mounted on thick card stock, 12 color prints reproducing Miller's calligraphic watercolors (4 of which are signed and dated by Miller beneath the printed signatures), and the spiral-bound book itself in a decorative foil jacket, signed and dated by Miller at the colophon.
7 deluxe editions of this portfolio were produced, with Edition G limited to 385 copies, although Loujon Press notes at the colophon that "Unfortunately, because of the extra spur-of-the-moment costly format changes in the production's not-from-a-blueprint progressive creation, plus press breakdowns, a ceiling collapse that tattered stacks of printed pages & a mountain of wind gust that blew in windows next day sprinkling glass particles *everywhere* just prior to insurance coverage, source exhaustion of short term loans at high interest plus a 20 percent of gross, and inability to hire skilled help, imprisoned the entire production-design, editing, book printing & page collation, the handcrafting in entirety of portfolio boxes from raw uncut wood to what is seen here in completion, very few of them exact duplicates even in any one edition's labeled individual classification-inside the confines of 18-hour workdays 7 a week by only two workers, Louise (Gypsy Lou) & Jon Webb, the editors, necessitating (see the beginning this sentence) instead of 999 copies a reduction in total publication of the 7 editions to 699 books & 699 portfolios, with quantity changes in 5 of the 7 editions."
Albuquerque, NM: Loujon Press, 1974. Wooden box shows some wear, bumps and nicks, with a portion of the trim missing, mounted photo starting to lift and showing wear and rubbing. Title plate stained at the corners, else internal contents near fine with prints lightly toned and showing minimal wear. Book itself also near fine with just a touch of rubbing to foil wraps. A fantastic production.