Paris: Contact Editions, 1926. First edition. xvi, 1-179 pp. Original integral marbled printed wrappers, printed label on front cover and spine. Spine a little rolled with some minor creasing, some slight edgewear, but overall a very clean copy of a fragile production, as were all Contact publications. Printed at Dijon by Maurice Darantière.
Coates' first novel was intended to be "a surrealistic novel which at the same time would be a satire of surrealism, and hence of itself... a mixture of Francois Villon... Sir Philip Sidney... and Dada." Gertrude Stein "read it, liked it, and immediately set about getting it published." The book received "a gratifying lack of success in the proper quarters, and a pleasantly comforting succès d'estime elsewhere." Later published in New York by Macaulay. Item #1947