On a Grey Thread. By Elsa Gidlow. First edition, demy 8vo, 20cm, pp.77, advertisement, Chicago: Will Ransom, 1923.
Printed on antique laid paper with some decorative ornament to title-page. Bound in quarter maroon cloth, gilt, grey paper-covered sides. A very good copy indeed.
PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed on the front free endpaper 'To Aunty Jenny from Elsa, June 30/24'. 'On a Grey Thread' was the first book of openly lesbian poetry published in the United States. Elsa Gidlow (1898-1986) was born in Hull, Yorkshire. When a young child her family emigrated to Canada. In 1920, she moved to New York before settling in San Francisco in 1927. Although published by Will Ransom (Number VI in his Series of First Volumes) it was not printed by him.