Hell Up To Date: The Reckless Journey of R. Palasco Drant, Special Correspondent, Through the Infernal Regions, As Recorded by Himself. Art YOUNG.

Hell Up To Date: The Reckless Journey of R. Palasco Drant, Special Correspondent, Through the Infernal Regions, As Recorded by Himself

Chicago: Schulte Publishing Company, 1893. First Edition. Young's first book, which appeared simultaneously in wrappers (preceded by a deluxe, larger-format issue, a year previous, with the alternate title "Hades Up To Date"). A satirical re-telling of Dante's Inferno, incorporating aspects of modern social and political life. Though little of the strong socialist polemic for which Young would later become famous in the pages of The Masses and The Liberator is in evidence in these early drawings, his skill at caricature is already fully developed, and his send-ups of such contemporary figures as lawyers, tailors, ball-players and "mashers" remain entertaining more than a hundred years later. From the collection of New York hipster impresario Israel "Izzy" Young, proprietor of the Folklore Center on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, an important nexus for Lower East Side bohemia throughout the late 1950s and 1960s. Oblong quarto (17cm x 23cm); publisher's red pictorial cloth boards; xi; 82pp text, each page with facing plate leaf. Spine ends and corners worn, with rubbing, hand-soil, and several stains to panels; still a tight and sound copy, internally fresh and clean - Very Good.

Price: $450.00

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