The Saga of Frankie & Johnny
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Walter V. McKee, Incorporated
Date Published: 1930
Edition: Limited Edition
Book Id: 17882
49pp. Quarto [26 cm] 1/4 red cloth with red flannel cloth covered boards. Deckled edges. In a yellow paper covered slipcase with a title label mounted to the front panel. Fine condition. The slipcase is in good condition only, with rubbed edges, and a couple of long splits in the top edges.
Limited edition of two thousand and fifty copies. "The engraving of these blocks has taken many hours and a strong right arm, but in doing them I have lived again a wild free existence in an Inter-Rocky Mountain settlement with my friends the whores, the pimps, the gamblers, the hop-heads and the lenient police, who used to know The Mormon Kid"- John Held Jr. Held sold his first drawing to the original Life magazine at fifteen and was hired as the sports cartoonist for the Salt Lake City Tribune when he was sixteen. The woodcuts for Frankie and Johnny were printed in the first issue of Playboy.