The Nestlings Press Devil's Dictionary
(2023, 128 pages, $19.95, 6 inches wide by 8.75 inches tall)
This is the classic Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce, with the best entries mined from that wonderful, cynical, witty and frequently misanthropic catalogue of beastly definitions. "Adherent (n.) A follower who has not yet obtained all that he expects to get." "Positive (adj.) Mistaken at the top of one's voice." Bierce wrote his entries in newspaper columns for three decades or so, before telling everyone he was off to visit war-torn Mexico, at which point he vanished from the face of the Earth.
What makes this edition special - which is why "Nestlings Press" was smuggled into the title to set it apart from other editions - is that the work has been matched with drawings by Art Young, a left-leaning illustrator-writer who, in addition to his magazine work, issued three books imagining a visit to Hell and an interview with Satan. The drawings here are taken from the best one, his 1934 book Art Young's Inferno (misidentified as 1933 on the back cover - sorry), and they fit Bierce's tone to a T. Printed on creamy laid paper.
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