n.p. n.p., (1934). Hardcover. Square 8vo. Silver metallic boards, heavily scuffed. Two 2.5 x 3 inch framed photographs laid in. Very good. Item #24083
Curious artist's book (of sorts), repurposed from and collaged over an advertising book for the Marmon Sixteen, a modern car for the modern woman; the book's original ad copy is still visible and legible throughout under tipped-in photographs and typescript pages. Two small photographs in metal frames are also laid in.
The title and contents appear to be part of a family joke, with the three women pictured held in some affection by the author (presumably): "The following case histories all subjects taken from one family, are excellent examples of congenital feeblemindedness." Below each of three black and white photographs are listed the subjects' vital statistics, with brief description: "Note the simple smirk, a trait frequently seen in idiots"; and: "This subject posed herself. She suffers from delusions of grandeur, i.e., believes she is Queen Marie of Rumania." Illustrations from the original advertising have been left visible, with new captions tipped in. A skillful production with some strikingly creative collage work, elaborately composed for "Elmer Z. Twaddle, Ph.D."'s own obscure purposes. Unique.