Love Is a Pie
New York: New Directions, 1952. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's gray cloth over navy cloth, spine stamped in white, original illustrated dust jacket.
"And I imagined love as a pie, a slice for each…" First edition of American visual artist and novelist Maude Hutchins’s debut collection of short fiction, with dust jacket art by a young Andy Warhol. Best known for her controversial coming-of-age novel Victorine (1959), Hutchins had a modestly successful career as a visual artist and sculptor before she began writing, after having children. Described as a "Freudian vol-au-vent" by the New York Times, this collection comprises short stories, monologues, and one-act plays written in Hutchins's trademark nouveau roman style. Dust jacket designed by a pre-Pop art Andy Warhol, one of the earliest examples of his work as a commercial graphic designer. Through the 1950s, Warhol worked as a freelance illustrator and was one of Madison Avenue’s most popular advertising artists, while also regularly producing work for publishing houses such as New Directions. Chipping to head of spine, corners lightly rubbed; unclipped dust jacket with heavy age-toning, somewhat heavy chipping (including approx. 1" chip to spine panel) and rubbing. A good copy of an uncommon book in a fragile dust jacket. Item #6744