New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1921. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo (8 1/2 x 5 3/4"). , 80pp. Uncut and unopened copy. Original printed dust-jacket over decorative paper covered boards. Publisher's device to title page.
In this book, Conrad Potter Aiken takes the folk play of "Punch and Judy"* as his theme for a narrative poem remarkable for its power and psychological insight.
Dust-jacket partly chipped along edges. Dust-jacket in overall fair, binding and interior in very good condition. f to vg. Item #42151
* Punch and Judy is a traditional, popular, and usually very violent puppet show featuring Pulcinella (Mr. Punch) and his wife Judy. The performance consists of a sequence of short scenes, each depicting an interaction between two characters, most typically Mr. Punch and one other character (who usually falls victim to Mr. Punch's club). It is often associated with traditional British seaside culture. The various episodes of Punch and Judy are performed in the spirit of outrageous comedy - often provoking shocked laughter - and are dominated by the clowning of Mr. Punch.