New York & London: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1924. 8vo. xii, 147 pp. Illustrated boards, slightly worn on the corners. A fantastic copy. Item #18330
First edition of Barton’s first book, containing his light verses to match his wonderful illustrations, including the cover which, when opened, shows a large machine working to light a cigarette. Barton (1891-1931) was a popular caricaturist of the rich and famous during the Jazz Age. His work appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and other widely circulated periodicals. He illustrated some of the best-known books of the time, including Gentleman prefer blondes. His interest in science most likely stemmed from his father, originally an attorney but by the time Ralph was born was a publisher of journals on metaphysics. Barton suffered from severe mental illness, eventually committing suicide.