Very Good / Very Good. Item #5976
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1962. Later printing, code M-M. Signed letter from E.B. White to previous owner laid in. Octavo; xiv + 240pp. Four-color dust jacket. Black quarter cloth with brown boards; gilt lettering on spine; rooster weather-vane blind stamped on front panel.
Unclipped jacket shows tiny chip at foot of spine, and small scraped patch on front panel. Minimal shelf-sunning to top edge of flaps. Textblock tight, square, unmarked. Previous owner's name, "Frank H. Forrester," in ink on front free endpaper.
Forrester was Information Officer for the U.S. Geological Survey and author of "1001 Questions About the Weather" (1957). The inserted signed note from White to him, typed on New Yorker letterhead and dated 7 December 1961, was a good-humored response to Forrester's having expressed surprise at learning that White was still alive. Forrester had revealed that surprise in a letter to White preceding the publication of the book. White's jolly response makes it clear that weather was a theme in their exchange, tying the about-to-be-published volume to Forrester's profession.