FIRST EDITION, LIMITED to 250 copies, this is number 160. 8vo. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. [vi], (307) pp. Text clean, unmarked. Stiff wrappers in a clear plastic dust jacket; binding square and tight. Comes with a slip of paper with reviews. Housed in a yellow cloth-covered slipcase. SIGNED by Donald Windham on colophon. Fine. Tanaquil is the fourth novel of Donald Windham; it is set in the 1950s in New York and tells the story of the relationship of Frankie and Tanaquil. As a Roman a clef, the book depicts the life of Photographer George Platt Lynes and life in the pre-Stonewall gay community in post-World War II New York. "This first edition of Tanaquil has been printed under the supervision of Martino Mardersteig for Sandy Campbell by the Stamperia Valdonega, Verona, in July 1972. The cover is an original lithograph by Tony Smith, Atelier, New York City, and numbered and signed in pencil by the artist. The edition consists of two hundred and fifty copies on Favini paper; each one signed by the author." Colophon. Donald Windham was an American novelist and memoirist. He is perhaps best known for his close friendships with Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. Windham moved with his then-boyfriend Fred Melton, an artist, to New York City in 1939. In 1942 Windham collaborated with Williams on the play, Your Touched Me!, which is based on a D. H. Lawrence short story with the same title. Windham received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1960.
Tanaquil or the Hardest Thing of All, Donald Windham