Hardcover. Very Good / Very Good. Item #5038
New York: Times Books, 1991. Stated First Edition. Signed by author with inscription on the front free endpaper. Octavo; 335pp. Pictorial dust jacket with original $23.00 price. Tan cloth binding on spine with white paper over boards. Lettering stamped in red on spine and decoration stamped in blue on cover. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, back bottom edge has been bumped and there are a few creases, but no tears. Binding is sound. Pages are clean and unmarked.
This copy belonged to journalist, speechwriter, and language expert William Safire. Tucked inside is a note from Leonard Garment, a former White House counsel and spouse of author Suzanne Garment. The note asks Safire about the origins of the word "blurb," Garment writes: "Is it pure neologism, or a 'sounds like' word, or what? ... I'm a big blurber but not a best seller." It's a clever note that will leave you pondering how Safire may have replied.