London: Editions Poetry, 1946. 4to. 57 pp. With 25 illustrations (1 double-page) all printed in blue. Publisher’s blue cloth, dust-jacket with only a tiny tear at the top near the spine; an excellent copy. Item #17592
First edition of Banting’s satirical commentary on the upper-class of British society. His poetry and the extraordinary illustrations utilize nature motifs, particularly insects and their life cycles, to depict the manners and mannerisms of the elite class. Banting’s work is incisive, witty, and wry and presents a fascinating critique on the upper class in post-war England.
Banting (1902–1972) was an English artist and poet. He was initially associated with the Bloomsbury Group in London before exploring surrealism in the 1930s after meeting Duchamp, Breton, Giacometti, and Crevel in Paris.