Mona Lisa’s Mustache, Signed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
[Signed] Robsjohn-Gibbings, T.H. Mona Lisa’s Mustache. First Edition. 1947. Book is in very good condition; dust jacket is in very good minus condition—jacket shows small tears and light fraying. Book is signed on the flyleaf, “T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings.”
In Good-bye, Mr. Chippendale, Robsjohn-Gibbings skewered the antiques craze and praised Modern design. It follows that he would prefer conceptual modern art to traditional. He does not. Here, he accuses Dali, Kandinsky, et al. to be engaged in a vast conspiracy against no less a principle than Democracy itself. In a twist worthy of The Da Vinci Code, Robsjohn-Gibbings exposes a secret society whose mission is to make art incomprehensible by replacing it with primitive art and witchcraft. Fun.
“Schiaparelli designed a hat like a leg of mutton, and one like an old shoe. Mrs. Reginald Fellowes wore both, but—with superb restraint—separately.”