DREAMS AND DERISIONS. Rockwell Kent, Ralph Pulitzer, John Burke.
DREAMS AND DERISIONS.
DREAMS AND DERISIONS.

DREAMS AND DERISIONS.

New York: Pynson Printers, 1927. First edition. Heavily illustrated with designs by Rockwell Kent. First edition in (dw). One of 200 numbered copies SIGNED BY ROCKWELL KENT, the sole printing of this pseudonymous, privately published collection of romantic verse by Ralph Pulitzer (1879-1939). Measuring 8.25 x 10.5 inches, printed in three colors with printed and illustrated endpapers. The book is 3/4 bound in original gilt-lettered half morocco and marbled paper boards with morocco corners, 98 pp. This copy (#65) is among the first 100 printed, which contain an additional three poems, three more Kent illustrations, and an extra spot of a cupid, which is at the end of "Strange Lady." Through a torrid affair with an attractive art patron, Kent (1882-1971) was introduced to the rich, cultivated circle of Fredericka and Ralph Pulitzer, the editor and publisher of New York World (1911-1930) and eldest son of the renowned American journalist Joseph Pulitzer. In 1923, when his South American paintings and sketches were impounded by U.S. customs agents seeking to collect a duty on the artist's own work, Kent appealed to Pulitzer who dispatched a reporter to write a sympathetic story on Kent’s behalf, which led to the quick, duty-free return of Kent's work. Bound in half brown morocco over marbled paper-covered boards, lettered in gilt on the spine. This is a "nearly mint" or very fine copy in the original clear acetate (some call it glassine) wrapper, publisher’s slipcase, and the original mailing carton. (Johnson, F.: Rockwell Kent: An Anthology of His Work, p.353 and Rockwellkentiana, page 61.) To identify which three poems are in this copy that are not in copies No. 101-200, Johnson and Rockwellkentiana were consulted but proved inconclusive and Rockwellkentiana proved wrong. Johnson said three poems etc., while Rockwellkentiana said there was one extra poem. Mears found a dealer with copy number 153 and provided him with a list of the poems in copy No. 65. The dealer compared the list with his copy and said "All poems present save the last three on your list." Those last three poems are Strange Lady, I Know Not and African Adieu. In addition to the folio devices at the bottom of most pages, a number of pages have little Cupid heads as the device instead of the page number folio. There are illustrations on the ffep, title page, the beginning and the end of the table of contents, one for the dedication, and one each for the 43 (other) poems and the colophon. Along with the beautiful book and Kent's stunning illustrations, is the Bromer Book Catalog, internet downloads describing the book and the email correspondence between Mears, Allen Ahearn and The Scarsdale Book Shop, which did the side-by-side comparison of the tables of content.
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Price: $750.00