[Berkeley, CA]: (1943-1947). First Edition. Wraps. 16mo. Top-bound spiral notebook, approx. 5.75 x 3.75 inches, penned rectos only in a neat, legible hand. Very good or better with some minor toning. Else clean, sound, and remarkably well-preserved. Very good +. Item #15767
Original holograph notebook recording the mating rituals of an unnamed high school and college student during WWII. A sort of account book of the loves and losses of a young man from 1943 to 1947, the notebook meticulously notes girls’ names, contact information, what they did on the dates (movies seen, diners visited, parties attended, etc.) and a brief assessment of each date (“enjoyable,” “she likes to talk,” “never enjoyed dancing so much,” “no comment,” “alright,” “it’s slow but sure”). This teenage Casanova was almost certainly a University of California student (he has a car which he regularly parks on the Berkeley campus). The diary documents a stream of girls, and a large part of the text describes the rise and fall of an extended romance with “Marilyn.” For example: “If we were a bit older, one would say that we’re engaged.” And: “Undoubtedly she’d have enjoyed herself more with a trained dog — which I’m not!” And eventually: “At long last the embers have turned black!” The diary concludes on Sept. 12, 1946 when the author is 19 years old and closes somewhat philosophically: “[T]hus I end this, the first report on girls that I know, or in many cases have known. I close with the realization that my search is not yet over. And so I look forward to new faces and new loves.” One of the more remarkable vernacular histories we've encountered, a fascinating look at romantic mores during the sociological dawn of the Teenager.