New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1929. John Held. First edition. Hardcover. 309pp. Octavo [19 cm] Red cloth over boards with a black ink stamped title on the spine and the title stamped in black and traced in silver on the front cover. Minimal rubbing to the extremities. With the dust jacket illustrated by John Held. Chipped, and torn at the edges. The two longest tears are in the front panel and the jacket's spine. They are thin tears, and have been covered with tape. Bleiler checklist, p. 120. Very good + / good. Item #47045
A first edition from this humorist and political scientist, and a book dealing satirically with the social changes of the author's time.
The illustrator of the dust jacket, Utah artist John Held Jr., was one of the best known magazine illustrators of the 1920s, and his designs for F. Scott Fitzgerald jackets became icons of the Jazz Age. In this novel, the main character has the rare ability to communicate with animals in their own tongue.