Berkeley, California: Bern Porter, 1944. Third edition. Written to raise money for Henry Miller's Austrian friend Alfred Perles, who was his first acquaintance in Paris and a struggling writer who had lost his job at the Chicago Tribune. "He (Perles) brought me food and cigarettes. He left money for me on the mantelpiece .. He sang and danced for me when my spirit lagged .... In brief, he put me on my feet again".
This is the third edition and the first U.S. edition, limited to 738 copies, with a previously unpublished "Preface to the Third Edition" by Henry Miller. This copy with 15 words blacked out by the publisher, as the condition for publication.
Paper stapled wrappers, title in dark blue at front wrapper. Some faint pencil underlining in text, previous owner signature at title page. 12mo, frontispiece, 24 pp. 3 1/2 x 5 1/4" Very good condition. Item #19173