New York: Thomas Seltzer, 1923. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 54 pp. Green paper boards with front board paste-on label, buff with mathing green border and delicate script stating "A Dinner of Herbs"/Poems by/Nancy Barr Mavity. The nine or so decades since publication have washing away much of the green color on the front board, and the paper spine label is long gone. Some rubbing to edges, but otherwise, still quite solidly bound. This book of verse, Inscribed (to Ruth Mavity) and SIGNED "From Nancy Barr Mavity", is her first book. Good. Item #68804
Nancy Barr Mavity was a book reviewer and widely-published journalist, having written for Harpers, Sunset, Philosophical Review, The Bookman, The Dial, The Century, The Oakland Tribune and other publications. She went on to craft the following murder mysteries (Collins Crime Club, many) most of which concern the investigations of a newspaper reporter/detective named Peter Piper. Some of her titles include: The Body on the Floor (1929); The Tule Marsh Murder (1929); The Case of the Missing Sandals (1930); The Other Bullet (1930); He Didn't Mind Hanging (1932) The Fate of Jane Mckenzie (1933); and The State vs. Elna Jepson. This book of verse, predates them all, and is her first published book-length work.