Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #4883
Franklin Center: The Franklin Library, 1979. Limited First Edition for members of the First Edition Society. Signed twice by the author with inscriptions to fellow writer, journalist, and presidential speechwriter William Safire, once on limitation page "For William Safire | Best wishes always | Jessamyn" then again below facsimile signature after introduction "Signed with special pleasure | for a fellow word lover and word user. | Jessamyn." Additional signed letter from West's husband Harry Maxwell McPherson on his stationary with note "We love your columns | Max | (Mr. "West")" laid in, along with publisher's "Notes from the Editors" pamphlet.
Octavo; 429pp. Red leather with gilt lettering and ornamentation, moire endpapers, ribbon bookmark, and gilt page edges. Sturdy and square with no signs of shelfwear or prior use. Binding is tight and pages unmarked.
West was, among other things, second cousin to Richard Nixon, for whom Safire worked as an adviser and speechwriter.