A BEAUTIFUL MINIATURE BOOK: LIMITED EDITION OF CAPOTE'S THE WHITE ROSE, ONE OF ONLY 250 COPIES PRINTED
CAPOTE, Truman. The White Rose. Newton, Iowa: Tamazunchale Press, 1987. 16mo (1-3/4 by 2-1/2 inches), original gilt-stamped parchment paper boards, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $350.
Lovely miniature book edition of one of Truman Capote's best-loved stories, with tissue-guarded frontispiece illustration, beautifully bound.
"When he was in Paris in 1948, soaking in accolades for his lurid first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms, Truman was delivered by Jean Cocteau to Colette's apartment in the Palais Royal. She was nearing 80, but the author of Gigi, the Claudine novels, and countless others, was still France's grandest grande dame of literature" (NPR). In his short essay "The White Rose," "Capote recounts his visit… Upon entering Colette's bedroom, 'as my hostess was an elderly partial invalid who rarely left her bed,' the usually brash Capote found himself timorous, tongue-tied, and unable to look directly at Colette. Instead, he found his attention drawn to her collection of antique, crystal paperweights… She ultimately gives him one, the eponymous white rose, as a present: 'By so doing she arranged for a financially ruinous destiny, for from that moment I became a "collector"'" (The Shelf Life). Although he would acquire many, many others, Capote cherished the white rose paperweight and took it on most of his travels for the rest of his life. This miniature book is one of 20 produced by Charlotte Smith of Newton, Iowa as a tribute to acclaimed mid-century miniature bookmaker Achille St. Onge. The story, "The White Rose," was first published in The Dogs Bark in 1973.