Lewis Baumer, Bright Young Things, A Book of Drawings
Baumer, Lewis. Bright Young Things, A Book of Drawings. First Edition. 1928. Book and dust jacket are both in very good condition—endpapers are discolored, and jacket shows mild edgewear and light soiling.
Enough about the philosophical implications of a tree falling in a forest. A more interesting question is where would the Bright Young Things of 1920s London be without Lewis Baumer to paradoxically lampoon and glorify the mayhem they created? Baumer had been a caricaturist at Punch for over twenty years when the decadent twenties gave him the best gift of his career. This book, published a year before the flapper era came to an abrupt end, is a collection his cartoons that first appeared in Punch.
Flapper. ‘I say Smithers, have you got an alarm clock?’
Butler. ‘I have, Miss Joan.’
Flapper. ‘Well, just bring it here and set it to cocktail time, will you?’
--Bright Young Things, A Book of Drawings