New York: GM Printing, 2003. Octavo booklet, original tan pictorial wrappers printed in red and black, saddle-stitched. Pictorial title page and thirty-three drawings printed in blue ink. Offered with: original illustration from the book, “First Date," pen-and-ink drawing dated 2002, measuring 11 x 15 inches, archivally framed (framed piece measures 15 x 18.5 inches).
First edition of New Yorker illustrator Marcellus Hall's early self-published collection of drawings, one of 1000 copies, signed by Hall on the title page. The book is offered with the original framed pen-and-ink drawing, “First Date," reproduced on page 24, depicting a young couple's early dinner at a Chinatown restaurant. Inspired by the work of George Grosz and Saul Steinberg, Hall produces kinetic documentary sketches of city life, from Harlem sidewalk vendors to Wall Street workers on their lunch break to OTB regulars glued to the latest race. A fine signed copy of a scarce book, accompanied by Hall's striking original artwork.