Very Good. Item #5763
New York: The Modern Library, 1930. Stated First Modern Library Edition. Signed by the author on dedication page with inscription "To Beatrice Heiman, this copy is inscribed to remind her of her vacation on a farm in October 1943, by her friends sally (her X mark) and Rockwell Kent. Asgaard, 1943."
Octavo; xiii, 243pp. With Kent's illustrations throughout and engraved Resurrection Bay, Alaska endpapers. Limp blue cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering and Modern Library logo. Appears to be rebound with in slightly darker limp blue cloth with original cloth to covers and spine and endpapers retained. Small red star stamped on back free endpaper, else pages unmarked. Binding is sound.
Heiman was a former TASS and Jewish Telegraph Agency correspondent and one-time secretary to Soviet Ambassador Constantine Oumansky, who five years later was accused by the Un-American Activities as being a go-between for the Soviet Embassy, tapped for her daily access to the White House. Her father, Julius Heiman, was named in testimony by Benjamin Gitlow as an early supporter of the Communist Party.
Kent was himself active in a number of social and labor causes, though he denied being a Communist. Still, his activities drew the attention of Joseph McCarthy and his investigators. Kent lived from the 1920s until his death on a livestock and dairy farm in the Adirondacks, which he named Asgaard.