Important Association Copy

Have they attacked Mary. He giggled. (A Political caricature), by.

New York: [Printed by Horace F. Temple, West Chester, Pa.], [1917].

Price: $2,500.00

About the item

Copy No. 3 of 200 printed. [2], 14 pp., including one full-page woodcut portrait of Henry McBride, by Jules Pascin. 1 vols. 8 x 7 inches. Important Association Copy. Stiff red wrappers printed in black. Upper wrapper detached and slightly faded at edges, else very good. With a book ticket on the inside front wrapper which reads: "From the Collection of Henry McBride Art Critic." Wilson A4.

Item #40760

Very scarce and early Stein pamphlet, published in the June, 1917 issue of Vanity Fair, and reprinted separately here in an edition of 200 copies. This copy has an important provenance, as it comes from the library of her friend, the art critic HENRY McBRIDE.* Not only is McBride the subject of this playful "portrait" by Stein with her text and by Pascin with his woodcut, but it was McBride himself who interceded with Vanity Fair to get the piece published in the first place

*According to biographer James Mellow, Henry McBride, along with Carl van Vechten, was one of Stein's most important friends in the building of her American reputation. McBride was an art critic for the New York Sun whom Mellow calls "the most astute and entertaining art critic of his generation." From the time that they met in 1913, McBride became a powerful promoter of Stein's work in the States, "he mentioned her frequently and favorably in his columns for the Sun, often quoting her at length. His promotion of her work and her her reputation during the years of World War I kept her name before the public ... "