EUROPE AFTER 8:15. With Decorations by Thomas H. Benton. by…

EUROPE AFTER 8:15. With Decorations by Thomas H. Benton.

Edition: First printing

New York / Toronto: John Lane / Bell & Cockburn, 1914. Only printing, in the presumed second issue binding. Yellow pictorial cloth stamped in black and gilt, with front cover illustration by Benton. 8 plates by Thomas Hart Benton inserted, black drawings on a yellow background. Spine gilt dulled; spine very lightly age-darkened with one small spot to edge near centre, light rubbing to spine tips; some foxing and /or tanning to the plates and to pages adjacent, heaviest to the half-title, frontispiece, and title leaf, mild to faint at the other plates; else a VG+ copy, front and rear covers quite bright and unworn, no previous owner names. Willard Huntington Wright (a.k.a. crime novelist "S.S. Van Dine") as editor of The Smart Set proposed that he, HLM, and Nathan do a series of articles on the great gay cities of Europe for the magazine. Mencken wrote the preface, "Munich", and the first and last parts of "London". According to HLM "Due to the fact that is was published in 1914, just before the war, the book was a complete failure and was soon remaindered." This was Wright's first book and it was the first book to be illustrated by the notable artist Thomas Hart Benton. Vienna, Munich, Berlin, London, Paris. Only 610 copies had been sold by 31 Dec., 1916.

Book ID: 13101
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