PERCY, H.R. International Fiction List No. 14
Title: Painted Ladies. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Lester & Orpen Dennys, Toronto, 1983, ISBN:0886190282
Seller ID: 7248
PERCY, H.R. Painted Ladies. (Toronto) : Lester & Orpen Dennys, (1983). First Printing. Pp. (6),-285,(1). 8vo, cream cloth with gilt titles to spine. International Fiction List No. 14. "Emile Logan, the illustrious painter,whose life and loves are as notorious as his art, is dying and from this w isest of vantage points he surveys his life and work and the women who havehighlighted both: Eleanor, Bloody Eleanor, his long-time mistress and mode l; Emily, the nineteen-year-old char in need of a good scrub; Mrs. Smice, a.k.a. Mrs. Rats, the landlady-cum-gypsy-queen; Olivia, the Countess of Dartford, regal in her fondness for pink gin; Maudie, the 'Colonel Sanders of Candy'; and MOther Logan, a female Queequeg, the human canvas whereon his father sketched. In this moving and funny novel, H.R. Percy mounts a fictional retrospective of a painter's life with a sensuality and richness of detail not given the mind of an artist since Joyce Cary's 'The Horse's Mouth'. THe saga of Logan's life and his long, often temptestuous relationship with Eleanor is told through his paintings -- the circumstances of their creation and the impact they have on Logan and those around him. From an artist's garret and a wartime battleship to an English country seat and Quebec in the turbulent seventies, Logan overlooks his world -- the tears and laughter,the successes and failures -- from the centre of a vast surrealistic canva s peopled with lovers, family and friends and painted from a palette at once tragic and hilarious." - from the dustjacket. Very good in dustjacket. 25.00