This wonderful book arrived in today’s mail. I was very lucky to find it for the price of a couple of slices of pizza (with toppings). According to an online bookseller’s listing there were 40 copies produced. It’s a small book, 8 1/2″ high, 6″ wide. I’d only seen one before, years ago in a museum case. If I’ve had a Holy Grail of New Yorker books, I suppose this would be it (until something else comes along I’ve never seen before).
The title page includes this note:
“..limited edition for the enjoyment of a few appreciative friends”
Inside are a number of pieces, including Dorothy Parker’s “Dialogue At Three in The Morning” as well as Corey Ford’s “Anniversary of a Great Magazine: Looking Back Over the Vast History of The New Yorker with Mr. Eustace Tilley” (we have Mr. Ford to thank for the name “Eustace Tilley”). There are drawings by Helen Hokinson, John Held, jr., Peter Arno (his Whoops Sisters), a full page by Gluyas Williams, and a full page by Rea Irvin as well as an Al Frueh caricature of Al Smith, a McNerney drawing, and so much more. The cover is, of course, by Rea Irvin