November 10, 2016, 1:30 PM EST
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Lot 297: [WHITE, E.B.] [Hanrahan, John] (contrib.). Less Than Nothing - or The Life and Times of Sterling Finny.(16 views)
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Description: [WHITE, E.B.] [Hanrahan, John] (contrib.). Less Than Nothing - or The Life and Times of Sterling Finny. Photographic illustrations. 8vo, publisher's 1/4 cloth over patterned boards, printed paper label to front cover, light wear to extremities; hinges tender with short split at rear, but overall sound for this cheaply made binding. [New York: The New Yorker, 1927]
Notes: first edition of the author's first book. Issued anonymously, this collects a series of advertisements by White with his accompanying photographs that ran in The New Yorker. An in-house production of an unknown limitation, very likely a small print run reserved for agents and preferred customers. "These Sterling Finney advertisements were written by me. They ran in the magazine in the early years when it was trying to promote its circulation. I posed the dummies--figures I found in Wanamaker's department store" (White, quoted in Hall). Rare, with no copies appearing at auction in over three decades. Hall A1.