This book was written while on holiday some three thousand
miles away from data, documents, and means of verification. It is
written from memory and, although I have had time and have tried to check
up, I feel sure that the safest thing is to let it go as cautious merchants
do when they send out statements -- with the caveat: E. and O. E.
-- errors and omissions excepted. I haven't tried to
write a history of any of the lively arts, nor intended to mention all
of those who practice them. I should, however, feel sorry if I have
omitted anyone who has given me intense pleasure, even though the omission
has not, in any way, the countenance of a slur.
Everything else that properly belongs in a preface has
found its way into the two chapters: The Great God Bogus and Before a Picture
by Picassso -- and the acknowledgments are numerous and serious enough
to need a place for themselves in the apendix.
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Ile St Louis -- New York City
March 1923 -- February 1924