The New Eve

FISH (illustrator). FOWL (writer and designer). The New Eve.

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FISH (illustrator). FOWL (writer and designer). The New Eve. London; John Lane The Bodley Head. 1917.

Large 4to. (312 x 250mm); original cloth-backed pictorial boards; pp. [70] + [iii]; each page with two, three or even four individual drawings in Fish's characteristic art deco style; a very clean copy, both internally and externally, with only slight dusting and rubbing to boards; internally fresh with three vertical creases to front free endpaper; this book is incorrectly type-set (as issued) and reproduces four pages and discludes four - this is not a binding error but a problem arising in the type-setting because the versos of the reproduced leaves are correct.
First edition in book form, reproduced from The Tatler. Presumably the first printing, with this error. The problem may have been rectified in later printings. A wry and wonderfully observed satire of the preoccupations of the elite during the deprivations of the First World War focused around Fish's peerless drawings. Eve, her representative society girl, is seen at art galleries, parties, at tennis and golf, bathing and in the country.