Second Printing. Hardcover. Very Good / Very Good. Item #4764
Boston: The Beacon Press, 1963. Stated Second Printing. Signed by the author to William Safire with lengthy inscription on front free endpaper. Octavo; 320pp. Printed red and black dust jacket over black cloth with gilt lettering and Beacon Press design. Price-clipped dust jacket shows a few small tears along edges and rubbing at spine ends. Boards are square with bumping to corners and a few light scuffs. Some marginal checks in table of contents, else pages unmarked.
Viereck was a poet, conservative political thinker, and professor, who won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1949. Safire was an author, political journalist, presidential speechwriter for Richard Nixon, and an etymology and language enthusiast who wrote the long-running column "On Language" in The New York Times Magazine. Safire also won a Pulitzer for his coverage of the Bert Lance affair during Jimmy Carter's first year as president. Viereck's inscription reads:
"To Bill Safire | With my compliments, this | out of print and now unobtainable | 1st edition of 1954 | (Putnam has a [?] paperback reprint) | Peter Viereck || As connoisseur of jargon | you might savor that | of "Gaylord Babbit" on | pp 16-35 & 69-72 or maybe | that of "bloody-minded" professors of the left p. 109."