Erik Dorn. Ben HECHT.

Erik Dorn

New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1921. First Edition. A very pleasing copy of Hecht's first full-length book, a semi-autobiographical novel portraying the rise of a young Chicago newspaper reporter. Despite its rather frank treatment of sexual themes, the novel was widely praised upon publication and launched Hecht's long, prolific career as a novelist, journalist, and Hollywood screenwriter.

Merle Johnson (American First Editions, 3rd ed), notes three states of the binding: "(1) yellow stamping on plum cloth; (b) orange on green; (c) maroon on green," and says that "state (a) is probably correct." As noted, our copy is in the plum cloth; it is stamped in a color which could arguably be called deep yellow but appears in our view to be closer to orange. Since orange ink was used on a later state of the binding, we will reluctantly settle on calling this an unrecorded early variant binding, as likely to be "probably correct" as is Johnson's yellow-on-plum. Octavo (19cm). Cloth boards; dustjacket; 409pp. In Johnson's first binding of plum cloth. A very tight, fresh copy with just a few small spots of discoloration to edges of text block; Near Fine. In an attractive example of the very scarce jacket, lightly dusted overall and with a few brief nicks to extremities; Very Good. The jacket rear panel bears promotional blurbs from H.L. Mencken and Burton Rascoe. HANNA 1648. COAN p.106.

Price: $450.00

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