Immortalia, an anthology of american ballads, sailors’ songs, cowboy songs, college songs, parodies, limericks, and other humorous verses and doggerel now for the first time brought together in book form, “By A Gentleman About Town” [T. R. Smith?] (“…privately printed for subscribers, none is for general sale” 1927 [pirated edition from the 2nd printing 1928 edtion, c.1932. New York: Samuel Roth or, less likely, Philadelphia: Nathan Young and Robert Sterling].)
6″ x 8.75″, iii, 184 pp., hardbound no DJ, decorated paper boards, cloth on spine and corners, worn edges on boards, corners bumped, binding tight.
Assumed to be edited by T. R. Smith (George Macy, editor of Poetica Erotica around the same time). This is the most influential and widely published/circulated collection of “bawdry”. Most collections since borrow from it liberally. There is a heavy emphasis on limericks (103 to be exact). Included are poems/”doggerel” attributed to James Joyce and D.H. Lawrence.