Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, 1945. Shelby Coon (illustrations) and Ted Henkel (dust jacket design). First Edition. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. 8vo. Pp. 122. Illustrated throughout with line drawings by Shelby Coon. Bound in red cloth with black lettering on front board and spine. In the color illustrated dust jacket (showing a buxom lass at a typewriter) that has slight edge-wear, a small perforation on spine (smaller than a chickpea) and faded spine. Gift inscription on the front free endpaper, along with an inscription from the poet. Near Fine / Very Good. Item #5721
Inscription reads, "To -- -- with every good wish, Sincerely, [signed] Pat Barham". Patricia Barham was a columnist with the Los Angeles Herald-Express, from which these ribald, but innocuous poems derive. Educated at the Westlake School for Girls and USC, Barham's clever verse offer clever commentary on the differences between the sexes, informed by her visit to "nearly every" WWII Army and Navy base on the Pacific Coast. A charming artifact from the era of the Big One. Dust jacket now enclosed in a removable, clear archival sleeve.