Good. Size: 8vo 8"-9" tall; Sturdy, attractive, tightly bound, internally clean hardcover copy, with gently worn tips, neat and tidy paste-downs; not ex-library, with neither highlighting nor underlining. Slight bumping to spine head and foot with some foxing to endpapers. Previous owner's inscription neatly rendered. Profusely illustrated and photographed in black-and-white. Volume contains scholarly apparatus in the form of index. 309 pp.
Good. Size: Large 8vo 9"-10; Perfectly serviceable reference copy of a scarce and valuable piece of East Coast Americana. Internally clean hardcover copy, with unbruised tips; not ex-library, with neither highlighting nor underlining. Second endpaper cracked, binding slightly shaken, so handle with some care. Moderate shelf-and edge-wear. First U.S. Edition, First Printing thereof. 309 pp., with lots of lovely black-and-white illustrations. The Preface notes that, "This is a book about American society past and present, written with inside knowledge by Mrs. John Van Rensselaer, a member by marriage of one of the oldest families in the United States. Apart from its revealing interest as to who is really who in American Society, the work throughout is flavoured with many surprising and amusing anecdotes." Chapters on Jazz and gin; Newport; Intellect and Society; the Super Climber, Washington D.C. and Long Island.
Collectible: Good. Nice older hardback. No jacket. Corner rubbing. Light wear otherwise. Maroon cloth boards. Owner's label inside the front board. Text is clean, unmarked. Also a humorous quote written on the front endpage: "Courtship makes a man spoon, but matrimony is what makes him fork over" (Shelf location: G) All items carefully packed to avoid damage from moisture and rough handling. Tracking included.
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