Lola Montez. The Mid-Victorian Bad Girl in California



San Francisco: the Colt Press, 1938.

By Oscar Lewis with woodcuts by Mallette Dean. Typography by Jane Grabhorn. First edition. One of 750 copies. Signed by Oscar Lewis on the Colophon. Title page printed in orange and black. 8vo. 9 x 6 ins. 70 pp. Quarter black cloth with red paper covered boards. Colt Press device inset on upper board. The first book issued by the Colt Press. 7 woodcuts by Mallette Dean. Lola Montez (stage name of Marie Dolores Rosanna Gilbert) was an Irish dancer and actress. One of her more exotic performances was entitled “the spider dance”, depicted in the book on page fifteen by Malette Dean, in which she raised her skirts so high the audience could clearly see she wore no underclothing. Bookplate of Kenneth Auchincloss on front paste-down. Auchincloss was a journalist, Managing Editor of Newsweek, leading rare book collector and author who wrote the text and Foreword to the Grolier Club’s recent “New York Revisited”. A near fine copy of this amusing book. No dust-jacket as published.

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