The Limerick, a facet of our culture, anonymous [A. Reynolds Morse] ( Cruciform Press, Mexico City: Privately Printed for Private Circulation to Subscribers Only, 1944 [Cleveland, Ohio: A. Reynolds Morse, 1948.] #4/250)
8″ X 5.5″, vii+157pp, a leaf of errata pasted to a blank page, 150. Hardbound, black cloth boards, gilt lettering on cover (deeper stamped than other versions). near fine condition (rare for this edition!), slight rust around staples.
A. Reynolds Morse was an American, born in 1914, who died in 2000. He moved to Cleveland from Denver in 1941. An industrialist and philanthropist, he is best known for his activity in collecting works by Salvador Dali, and founding the Salvador Dali Museum. According to his obituary in the New York Times, Reynolds and his wife “embarked on a sometimes turbulent friendship with Dali and his wife, Gala”. He also had a hobby of collecting and publishing works that other publishers would not print. Title page: “A study of the history and development of the limerick, ensplendor’d with over two hundred examples of the immortal verse form, commentaries, and index” This book is considered by most to be the “dirtiest” collection of limericks. Mr. Morse also published “Folk Poems and Ballads An Anthology”. Both books were suppressed by police action in the late 1940’s. This is a VERY rare near fine copy of this hard-to-find book. This is an early copy with a different title layout. It was poorly made so most of the copies out there have signatures loose. This one does not!