"FROM HER FELLOW-PRACTITIONER IN NEEDLEPOINT…": FIRST EDITION OF THE MOST OF S.J. PERELMAN, HUMOROUSLY INSCRIBED IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION BY PERELMAN
PERELMAN, S.J. The Most of S.J. Perelman. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1958. Octavo, original half cream cloth, original dust jacket. $1750.
First edition, first printing, of this definitive selection from over 35 years of writings by humorist S.J. Perelman, inscribed in the year of publication: "For Katharine Hammitt, from her fellow-practicioner [sic] in needlepoint, with friendship—S.J. Perelman. 18 December 1958."
"In the event that your copies of Perelman have been loaned out—and not returned—here's your chance to replace with vintage and recent works of the Master. From 1930 to the present, from magazines and previous books, here are those mots supremes on old moving pictures, novels, weird periodicals, advertising, cheesy chi chi, the hysteria of hegiras; here, too, those startling playlets, striking views of Hollywood and moving pictures, and those moving, heart-rending reflections on country-city living; again there is the author in the recall of his tempestuous youth, in his role of man about—or against—almost everything—well, you could ask for so very little more! The eminent Miss Parker (Dorothy) has whipped up a most suitable introduction" (Kirkus).
Book with tiny spot of foxing to edge of text block and mild toning to extremities, dust jacket with only light wear and toning to extremities. A near-fine inscribed copy.