A Narrow Street - Elliot Paul 1942 - The Cresset Press, London - First English Edition A bright copy of American journalist and author Elliot Paul’s charming and erudite chronicle of a narrow lane near the Quai St. Michel – the rue de la Huchette, not more than three hundred yards long, where Paul himself lived discontinuously for 18 years, and which lies at the heart of Paris. Published the same year in the United States as ‘The Last Time I Saw Paris’.

Literary cameos abound in this brilliantly insightful, the book is unquestionably a portrait of its time, an illuminating series of vignettes depicting cafés, cheap rents, and local characters including hotel keepers, shopkeepers, politicians, students, businessmen, workers, radicals, all wonderfully observed and realistically described.
  Elliot Paul (1891-1958) was an American journalist, author, and screenwriter. Living in Paris between the wars, he was in the thick of the ‘lost generation’ artistic circles – he was friends with Gertrude Stein, a co-editor of literary journal transition, and an intimate of James Joyce. He is best remembered for his novels Life and Death in a Spanish Town and The Last Time I Saw Paris.

References: Stein, ‘A Narrow Street at Dawn’
The Paris Review 2015. Ford, Published in Paris 128. Foley, ‘A Paris Street’ The Spectator 1942 web archive.
8vo. pp. ix [1] 342. Publisher’s red cloth, lettered in gilt to spine, in original dust jacket with an illustration of a Paris street to covers, priced ‘10s. 6d. net’ to lower front flap.
Originally published as
The Last Time I Saw Paris by Random House in America in 1942.
  Condition: Near fine, a touch of fading to spine, a few faint scattered spots to edges, in near fine dust jacket, light wear to spine ends, hint of rubbing to panels along spine folds, a miniscule nick to upper front corner at flap fold.   Ref: 108015   Price: HK$ 1,000