Greenfield, IN: The Old Swimmin' Hole Press, 1945. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. Oxblood cloth boards, stamped in gilt. Very mild shelfwear and bumping to corners. Light soil to top edge. SIGNED by the author and numbered 871 of an unspecified number of copies constituting the "Author's First Edition." Light toning and foxing to endpapers. Pages otherwise clean and unmarked. Very good plus. 372pp. Very good +. Item #22913
Short stories and sketches set in "the imaginary swank Hotel Superba," located in "Big Town-on-the-Hudson" and host to "cranks, crooks, cosmopolites, house dicks and hicks, jackrollers, chiselers, cheaters, skippers, phonies, fakers, fourflushers." Among others. Includes a Glossary of Big Town Hotel Slang, useful in telling a Mr. Highpockets from an appleknocker, a squirrel, or a pure Dick Tracy.