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EDKINS, Ernest Arthur.

The Scarlet Cockatoo.

Published: Chicago: The Lincoln Printing Company, 1928

Stock code: 103643

Price: £125

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First and only edition, uncommon, just 10 locations listed on OCLC. Caustic verses from “Ernie of Highland Park”, English-born executive at Commonwealth Edison, occasional journalist, and friend of H.P. Lovecraft. Caustic verses including “Six Reverent Kow-tows to the Intelligentsia”, skits on Dorothy Parker, James Branch Cabell, H.L. Mencken, Samuel Hoffenstein – at the time enjoying notoriety for his Poems in Praise of Practically Nothing, but better known as screenwriter on the 1931 Fredric March Dr. Jekyll, and The Wizard of Oz – and Ezra Pound in “Pound tells the Canaille where to get off”; “Imbecile! drop that book,/Nor further look/Within its pages; not for you/My cantilations, – only the august few/May safely quaff that dark emancipating brew”.

Octavo. Black cloth-backed, brightly colour-printed paper-covered boards – the cockatoo of the title, in scarlet on a golden yellow background, title in black letters, shadowed in red, further eye-wrenchingly shadowed in shocking pink – title gilt to the spine. With the dust jacket. A couple of spots of foxing to the endpapers, light toning to the text, else very good in slightly rubbed and soiled jacket with minor spot to the spine, overall very good. Contemporary ownership inscription to the front free endpaper.

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