First Edition. Very Good / Very Good. Item #5224
New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994. First Edition. Inscribed by author on front free endpaper to William and Helene Safire. Inscription reads, "Bill + Helene / finally: a two- / way flow of books, / established between the / Safires and the Haass' / we'll work on / jewelry next. / Richard Haass."
Octavo. 260 pages. Unclipped dust jacket over blue paper- and maroon cloth-covered boards with silver lettering to spine.
Signed letter from Haass to William Safire laid in at front, referring to the author of an attached letter as, "no stranger to you." Stapled to the original is a copy of a letter from a Philip Tyre of Grand Rapids, MI. Tyre had written to Haass, pleading, "... I feel compelled to correct a mistake in your column that you might be prone to repeat." / The word "transpire" can not be used as a fancy substitute for "happen," since they don't mean nearly the same thing. "Unfold," / which you used later in the column, IS a suitable upgrading of / "happen;" the meanings are much more similar." Tyre continues later, "(Also, please be careful to use "expertise" correctly. It is not / "expertness," but instead a body of unusually technical / methodologies that must be mastered in order to qualify one to be / an expert.)"
Jacket lightly shelfworn with a couple scratches to bottom back edge. Some minor staining to front boards and a nick at bottom edge. Binding is sound.