Bohemian Art and Literature Magazine

    Harold A. Loeb and Alfred Kreymbourg (editors). Broom. An International Magazine of the Arts Published by Americans in Italy. Rome, New York, London, Berlin: Harold A. Loeb, 1922-1923.

    Fifteen folio and three quarto issues, specifically: Volume I, Numbers 1 and 4; Volume 2, Numbers 1-4; Volume 3, Numbers 1-4 (two copies of #4); Volume 4, Numbers 1-4; Volume 5, Numbers 1-3. Profusely illustrated with tipped-in plates and illustrations in the text.

    Original pictorial wrappers featuring modernist illustrations. Wrappers somewhat toned, chipping, stained, dusty, torn and worn. Paper loss to some spines. Inked dates and unobtrusive library stamp to front cover of each issue. Five by two-inch portion of upper front cover of Volume I, Number 1 missing. Front covers of Volume 2, Number 1 and one copy of Volume 3, Number 4 detached. Also, a portion of the upper corner of the front cover of Volume 2, Number 1 missing. Front covers of Volume 2, Number 2, one copy of Volume 3, Number 4, and Volume 4, Numbers 1 and 4 partially detached. Spine of Volume 3, Number 3 detached. Binding cracked in one copy of Volume 3, Number 4. Tape repair to pages 14-15 of Volume 4, Number 1. Moderate abrading to front cover of Volume 5, Number 2. Text toned, as usual. Overall, the copies range in condition from fair to very good, with most issues a bit tired but still stunning examples of early twentieth century art publishing.

    Broom was a major influence on and outlet for the artists, writers, and bohemians in 1920s New York, Rome, and beyond. Contributors included John Dos Passos, Louis Untermeyer, Robert Musil, Carl Sandburg, Luigi Pirandello, Gertrude Stein, Hart Crane, Marianne Moore, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Man Ray, e. e. cummings, William Carlos Williams, and Malcolm Cowley, all represented within the pages here. Cowley also served as an associate editor for a time.

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