Very Good / Poor. Item #7605
New York: Twayne Publishers, . First Edition. Slim octavo; ,viii,-88pp (complete despite error in pagination). Printed red dust jacket over publisher's grey cloth lettered in red. Jacket present but toned, split with spine missing, and significantly chipped at extremities. Boards a bit rubbed at spine ends and corners, front hinge slightly loose.
Humorously inscribed and signed by the author on front free endpaper, "For Master Richard Spong / the nicest boy in the bible class / John Ciardi / Apostolic delegate." Below inscription the author has added a list of faux "Imprimatur" signatures, including those of Earl Browder, Pope Pius X (misspelled here "Puis"), Truman Capote, Henry W. Longfellow, J. Edgar Hoover, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Nelson Rockefeller, himself, and two others (illegible). Additionally, the author has added a few brief manuscript corrections throughout text.