Very Good in Good (in mylar) jacket. Hardcover. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Ffep top corner clipped, light character soiling on top edge of textblock, else textblock is clean and tight. Light freying at corners on binding, bumped corners. Unclipped dust jacket with moderate loss to extremities, discoloration and rippling from moisture exposure. 346p.
Near fine in good jacket. 8vo. Original green cloth. Near fine in good jacket. Book is sharp and bright with just trace shelfwear at spine tips and a bit of shelf-soil to top edge of text block. Jacket worn with some chipping and dampstaining (visible mainly from reverse, not effecting book); still presents well and retains original price. First edition (stated) of one of White's greatest and most important books. Including much of White's best essays ("Once More to the Lake, " etc. ), ONE MAN'S MEAT was the book that caused Herald Tribume reviewer Irwin Edman to famously declare White, "one of our finest essayists, perhaps our only one." An unusually scarce book in its first edition (and uncommon even in later printings), odd given that the book was well-recieved and sold well. According to White biographer Scott Elledge, some 12, 000 copies were sold between its 1942 and 1944 when the book proved so popular that a new and expanded edition was brought out. These initial sales, however, were spread across multiple printings (at least five) and produced under wartime conditions. Therefore, a (presumed) small initial printing published under a cloud of rationing and pessimism likely contributed to this title's apparent ephemerality.
First edition. Rubbing at the extremities, near very good in a heavily chipped and taped dustwrapper, housed in a cloth clamshell case with morocco spine label gilt. E.B. White's own copy with his ownership signature, and his penciled corrections on four pages. Also in a pocket in the case is a Typed Letter Signed ("Andy") at a later date to Harriet Walden, his personal assistant at The New Yorker and chief of copywriters about a correction in his earlier essay, "Good-Bye to 48th Street, " asking her to correct the essay in The New Yorker's copies of "The Points of My Compass." The author's classic collection of short essays that originally appeared in Harper's Magazine or The New Yorker. White's good sense, close observation, keen sense of the absurd and essential humanism are almost unparalleled in 20th Century American literature.
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