Chicago: The Aggressive Publishing Co., 2321 W. North Ave. (1924). First edition. 8vo, original printed gray wrappers, [vi], 33 pages, printed nearly entirely on the rectos only. Wrappers a little foxed and soiled; a very good copy. Item #15152
Dalsey here claims his essays on human character "are based on a new system of philosophy, conceived, tested and proved" (though he seems largely concerned with finding philosophical explanations for those who irritate him--the balance of forces knocked askew in the stingy man, the reationale of the beggar, the changeability of the "Love Force," etc.). The real merit of Dalsey's work of course is his sustained air of injured irritation here masquerading as pensées, the best perhaps being his wonderfully specific characterization of "Human Impediments"--"Human impediments are matuered employes of controlling positions, and are observed in all important actvitities. They are general managers at manufactories, or editors of publications." (The one rejects novel inventions and the other disparages original writing; one suspects Dalsey here speaks from experience.) Not found on OCLC; no trace of further titles issued under the Aggressive imprint. Small ink stamp to the blank verso of a leaf in the rear, "ForSale by Purdy Publishing Co., Stevens Building, R. 1723, Chicago."