First Edition. Carroll Snell dustjacket art. Author's first novel, of youth's revolt against the narrow religious tyranny. "Naomi is driven from home by her fanatical father, and seeks self realization in dancing... In the desert she finds her inspiration in the mystic whirling of the sand spirals, which she incorporates and symbolizes in the dance which she creates." This copy inscribed and signed by Hamlin at front free endpaper in 1931 to fellow author, Anna Blake Mezquida, poet most famous for her work, A-Gypsying. Hamlin refers to her as "co-writer" in his inscription and may possibly indicate that Mezquida did some writing for this book and was not just an inspiration for the novel. Near Fine in Very Good dustjacket, small chips at spine ends and flap corners.
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