1930 · New Haven
(2 copies of the above). [with (all following the same author's, unless specified; all New Haven: The Profile Press, 1930)] The American scene. 8vo (25 cm, 9.9").  ff. [and] Apologia pro arte poetica sua. 8vo (25 cm, 9.9").  ff. [and] B., R.T. The ballad of Tuttle's. 8vo (24.5 cm, 9.65").  f., fold. [and] The color: A retelling of some well-known tales of the American Negro. 16mo (22.2 cm, 8.75").  ff. [and] Colourations: Four sonnets. 16mo (21.7 cm, 8.5").  ff. [and] Ex: Four characters of mooted fame with prologue & epilogue. 8vo (24.8 cm, 9.75").  ff. [and] Field, Eugene. Little Willie. Folio (32 cm, 12.6").  f. [and] Four English stories drawn from contemporary sources. 8vo (25 cm, 9.9"). , 4,  pp. [and] Four stories from the Jewish-American. 16mo (22 cm, 8.65"). , 4,  pp. [and] Four stories from the modern American. 16mo (22 cm, 8.65"). , 4,  pp. [and] Four stories from the old Spanish. 16mo (22 cm, 8.65"). , 4,  pp. [and] Hot from Hollywood. 8vo (25 cm, 9.9").  ff. [and] Ode in imitation of Horace. 8vo (24.6 cm, 9.7").  f., fold. [and] On the menstrual phase of literature and art. 16mo (20.4 cm, 8").  f., fold. [and] Pullman recreations. 16mo (21.2 cm, 8.4"). , 4,  pp. [and] Stenographic sallies. 16mo (21.5 cm, 8.4"). , 4,  pp. [and] A Western fairy tale. Folio (32 cm, 12.65").  f. (2 copies).
Collection of largely humorous verse and prose pieces in broadsides and small pamphlets, printed for the author and "issued at odd intervals" from Head's Bookshop on Broadway in New Haven. These items were issued in limited editions that ranged from => 25 to 110 copies; An Adventure is represented here by numbered copies 15 and 44 of 50 printed and signed by "Capet," while Apologia is numbered copy 89 of 110 printed and signed. Many of the items reflect particular early 20th-century sensibilities — pretty blonde stenographers are the subject of "new position" jokes, the "American Negro" tales involve foolishness and philandering (and the word "coon"), a blustering Hollywood director thinks "Hunchback of Notre Dame" is a college play about a football hero. On the other hand, An Adventure is a Gothic fantasia about a young Malatesta's brush with the bloody ending of the tale of Paolo and Francesca da Rimini, while Colourations comprises four wholly serious sonnets.
In a more serious vein, Head (1887–1963) was the author of Antiquities of Yale and the New Yale Guide, as well as a poet and a patron and supporter of both the Brick Row Book Shop and the Yale University Library. Several of the items here make Yale references, like the barroom ghosts who "puffed at their pipes and their stogies / And pulled at their Phantoms of Ale, / Recalling the things that were Bogies / When they were assembled at Yale"; Ex is specifically about four different gentlemen expelled from Yale for reasons including bad grades, vandalism, and bawdiness. Folded as issued. Ten of the pamphlets with small inscription "M. Clark" or "Clark" pencilled on front wrapper. Apologia with two pencilled corrections. Upper edges of Hot from Hollywood chewed. Minor age-toning, occasional small spots and edge nicks. => Overall a clean, crisp collection of these uncommon pieces. (Inventory #: 36453)