Vanity Fair's Intimate Guide to New York After Dark. Decorated by Raymond Bret-Koch.New York: The John Day Company, 1931 Stock Code: 143462
First edition, first printing of this wonderful period piece, written by Charles Green Shaw (1892-1974), at the time a freelancer for Vanity Fair and the New Yorker but also a founder member of American Abstract Artists. The French illustrator, Raymond Bret-Koch, was Staff Artist on Vanity Fair. The chapter titles give an evocative flavour of what's in store: speakeasies, The Great White Way, "A Few All-Night Druggists", dance halls and ballrooms, "all night chow", "chop suey with dancing", "chop suey without dancing", grill rooms, "with that Park Avenue air", roof gardens, Greenwich Village, the Lower East Side, and, of course, Harlem ("the town's current hot-spot"), where there are namechecks for such jazz luminaries as Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, and Cab Calloway.
Octavo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in red, front cover lettered and decorated in red, blue and white, top edges red, pictorial endpapers. With the dust jacket.
Jacket spine toned, nicks and chips to extremities. An excellent copy in the decidedly uncommon dust jacket.
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