First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good / Very Good. Item #4773
Golden: Fulcrum Publishing, 2001. First Edition with full numberline. Signed by Herman Wouk to author William Safire on half title with inscription: "For Bill Safire | man of letters | from one of | Fred Allen's "boys" | with affection | Herman Wouk | Jan 2002 | Palm Springs." Additional letter from Wouk to Safire laid in at front. Octavo; 202pp. Illustrated dustjacket with original $21.95 price; book in blue paper-covered boards with black cloth spine and silver lettering. Jacket lightly rubbed along edges, but with no chips, tears, or marks. Boards sturdy and square. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Wouk worked as a comic writer for Fred Allen shortly after graduating from Columbia University. In his letter to Safire, whose work included the long-running "On Language" column in The New York Times Magazine, Wouk presents this Allen anthology as "perfect for browsing," citing it alongside Bartlett's Quotations and Safire's own Simile, and remarks on his time writing for Allen "Those were great years I had with Fred before the war (WWII) changed me into a novelist."