New York: Vanguard Press, 1935. First Edition. Small octavo (19cm). Red cloth boards, lettered in black on spine; black top-stain; pictorial dustjacket; 286pp. Bit of spotting to text-block foredge, else a tight, Near Fine copy in the exceedingly scarce dustwrapper, slightly sunned on spine panel and with some overall spotting, unfortunate kraft-paper reinforcements to verso; still a VG example of a jacket we have not previously encountered.
A cynical Depression-era take on the beauty pageant industry, following the adventures of a would-be Miss Universe from small-town girl to the big-time pageant circuit. Essentially a forgotten book by Held, who is best remembered as a quintessential jazz-age illustrator but who also published several books, including at least two novels, of his own. Of the current work, a contemporary Kirkus review opined, "...There is a Held market, but this does not measure up to his short stories. Chiefly for circulating library distribution." Indeed, it appears the book was barely circulated commercially; OCLC locates only 8 copies, and of these all but two (OSU, LC) appear to be in circulating collections. Missed by Hanna.