Very Good / Very Good. Item #6539
New York: The John Day Company, 1932. First Edition. "The John Day Intimate Guide Series." Signed and inscribed: "To Ira Bennett, who helped the town up—with sincere regards—L.S., Feb. 17, 1932." Octavo; 4-page "Calendar of Major Events" bound in as unpaginated preliminary matter + [viii] + 238pp, including index. Vignettes by "Jay" open each chapter.
Pictorial dust jacket in red, white, and blue. Boards covered in lavender+white gingham, with red, white, and blue paper spine label. Bright red touristic map as endpapers; red topstain to textblock.
Unclipped dust jacket is remarkably well preserved, though with sunning to spine, and two tiny closed tears at crown and foot. Binding spine slightly nudged; faint offset from jacket to cloth. Textblock unmarred and unmarked apart from inscription; several pages unopened.
Sidney Lawrence was the White House reporter at the Washington Post at the time of publication. Ira Bennett (1868-1957) was editor-in-chief at the Washington Post.
"Here are facts to be digested, hints that cannot be ignored, personalities to become acquainted with, gossip to be whispered." The solid armature of Washington, D.C. guides even today, though we no longer whisper, but shout.