First Edition Points and Criteria for Hollywood with Bugs Baer and Henry Major

Year Published: 1938
Author Last Name: Major
Author First Name: Henry
Publisher: Major and Baer
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Pages: 248

The first edition was limited to 800 signed and numbered copies. Many (but not all) copies were signed by both the artist, Henry Major, and the caption writer, Bugs Baer. Some copies were signed but not numbered. The book is covered in brown cloth with burlap spine and corners, and was issued without a dust jacket.

The book is a collection of 248 lithographed caricatures of Hollywood stars from the 1920's and 1930's. The lithographs were drawn by artist Henry Major with captions by columnist and cartoonist Arthur Bugs Baer. Caricatures include Gracie Allen (and George Burns), Don Ameche, Fred Astaire, Edgar Bergen, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Charley Chaplin, Ronald Colman, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Walt Disney, Jimmy Durante, Buddy Ebsen, Errol Flynn, Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Judy Garland, Cary Grant, Helen Hayes, Katherine Hepburn, Al Jolson, Boris Karloff, Carol Lombard, Peter Lorre, Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson, Mickey Rooney, Jimmy Stewart, Shirley Temple, Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, and May West.

This is the first edition cover of Hollywood with Bugs Baer and Henry Major.
This is the first edition cover of Hollywood with Bugs Baer and Henry Major.

Identification picture of Hollywood with Bugs Baer and Henry Major.

Identification picture of Hollywood with Bugs Baer and Henry Major.

Signatures of Bugs Baer and Henry Major.
Signatures of Bugs Baer and Henry Major.

Identification picture of Hollywood with Bugs Baer and Henry Major.

Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire

James Cagney
James Cagney

Charley Chaplin
Charley Chaplin

Bette Davis
Bette Davis

Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich

Walt Disney
Walt Disney

Laurel and Hardy
Laurel and Hardy

Caricatures of Judy Garland, Jimmy Stewart, Gary Cooper, and Joan Crawford
Caricatures of Judy Garland, Jimmy Stewart, Gary Cooper, and Joan Crawford

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