New York: Bernard Geis Associates (Random House), 1960. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm); one quarter red cloth with pictorial tan paper sides and gilt titling on spine, in pictorial dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers; 256pp. Spine sunned, heel/crown chipped with material loss; short tears at inner panel joints; mild smudging and soil, edgewear. Textblock intermittently foxed, edges toned. Very Good+ in Very Good dustwrapper.
One perhaps best knows William "Bill" Blatty as author of the 1971 smash bestseller The Exorcist (and Academy Award-winning screenwriter for the film adaptation). Only a decade or so prior did he produce his debut novel Which Way to Mecca, Jack?, in which he takes a humorous look at his early life and career with the Air Force, and later a United States Information Agency office in Beirut. Born to Lebanese immigrants in New York City, Blatty reminisces especially about his formidable mother, who once advanced on President Roosevelt during a ribbon-cutting ceremony to offer him a jar of homemade quince jelly.