[New York?]: B. F. Jay & Co. Publishers, (1942). 1st printing. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author/artist. Unpaginated, though 48 pages. Laid-in, a piece of letterhead stationery, "The GREMLINS will get you if you don't WRITE SOON! [gremlin drawing to the left]. Each entry illustrated, for a total of 22 drawings depicting the 'gremlins'. 8vo. 9-3/8" x 7-1/4". Original publisher's yellow cloth binding stamped in dark brown. No dust jacket. Modest wear & soiling to covers. Minute bit of fraying at the tips. The ffep with Sloane's elaborate [including artwork] inscription "To my favorite Gremlin / JEAN!" Overall, VG. Item #46685
"The best safeguard against the jitters and the most effective sedative for 'war nerves' is a sense of humor. ... Things seldom run smoothly, in times of war, and someone to 'take it out on' is a friend indeed. Such friends of the American air force and the R.A.F., are the Gremlins, the pixies of the air." Such pixies are herein described & pictured, 22 of them, from the "Windsock Gremlin (Beaufort Gremlinicus)" to the "Windsucking Gremlin (Ozone Gremlinicus)" to the "Longfingered Gremlin (Magnadigit Gremlinicus)", who, we see, wiggles the oilpressure gauge, an unsettling circumstance sure to get the attention of any pilot at 20,000 feet.
Sloane was an American landscape painter and author of illustrated works of cultural history and folklore, such as this work here offered. OCLC locates 5 holding institutions.