Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co., 1914.
Octavo, 245 pages. Illustrated with twenty-three color plates and forty-six half-tone illustrations. Index. First edition. The author, Arthur Jerome Eddy, was a significant collector of modernist art. As with so many others, 1913's Armory Show was a revelation, and this book is in part a reaction. Eddy was one of the first Americans to seriously collect Cubist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-garde art, and a piece of his collection forms a significant section of the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Collection. Eddy had urged the Armory Show travel to Chicago – which it did – and many of the original twenty-three pieces of art donated to the Art Institute by Eddy's family were exhibited in the original Armory Show. The catalogue of the donation's exhibition relates the author's motivation, "During the Armory Show he had come face to face with an appalling ignorance on painting, coupled with a failure 'to react to new impressions and to experience new emotions' which shocked him. He sat down to think the thing out, to put it in black and white. The result was Cubists and Post-Impressionism, the first comprehensive book in English on Modern Art, and still one of the best." (Exhibition of the Arthur Jerome Eddy Collection... Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1931). Like most copies of this book, the text block is shaken, with some signatures pulling. This is due to the interleaving of the card stock onto which the color plates are tipped. But the text block is whole and holding, and all plates are present and undamaged, which is unusual. There is some light offsetting from some plates to a few text pages, and some wear to the edges of the color frontispiece. In printed, paper-covered boards, over black titled, tan cloth spine. Some soiling to the spine. Still generally very good. Also present is the very scarce paper-covered, tan slipcase, with label printed in red and black. Slipcase is worn, but complete. Complete and presentable copies of this work are rare. With the bookseller's ticket of Brentanos to the rear paste-down; bookplate of Clifford W. Ashley, American artist, author, sailor. He studied with George Noyes and Howard Pyle, and was friends with N.C. Wyeth. Complete and presentable copies of this work are rare. The modern movement is in the direction of greater freedom, freedom to produce beautiful things in one's own way
-ARTHUR JEROME EDDY