Very Good / Very Good. Item #6332
New York: Harper & Row, 1983. Stated First Edition. Signed by Ciardi on front free endpaper; with, around his signature, an additional inscription and signature in ink by the book's dedicatee, Constance Erskine, Ciardi's aunt, as a gift from her to a friend.
Octavo; 329 pp. Burgundy dust jacket over burgundy cloth with gold spine lettering. Jacket is worn along edges, with a puncture at front panel near spine. Some staining to verso of jacket at front panel along spine. Front board shows remnants of glue with some dust soiling along joint. Light wear to corners. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Ciardi's affectionate explanations of curious American idioms follow in the footsteps of Mencken for blunt explications (when necessary) and of Dr. Johnson for indignation (when appropriate). "Junket: A pleasure trip by a congressman or a government official, purportedly on official business, but in fact a vacation trip at government expense."