New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1924. 330p. 19.5cm. First edition. Navy blue cloth. Reprints "Criticism of Criticism of Criticism." In very good condition. [Not in Schrader. Adler: mentioned, p.58].
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"Dear Mr. Kadison: Bronson Alcott was an incurable dead-beat and in many other ways he fell far short of the ideal American patriot, but now and then he said something worth hearing. My best thanks for that abstract from his journal. I certainly hope to put it to good use the next time a chance offers to revise my book. I have never encountered Adirondackian, and can find no trace of it in my collection. Certainly it must be recorded. I shall add Waterproof, LA to the list headed by Gott, Maryland and Intercourse, PA. My very best thanks."
"Dear Owens:- My best thanks for the handsome notice of the American Mercury. God, it appears, was with us, despite the absence of the usual signs and portents. The magazine went out of print two days after publication and we are now on the press with a second edition. Knopf has bought five new yellow neckties. The second number, now made up, shows a few holes in the falseface. By no. 6 we should be in the hands of the Department of Justice. I enclose a copy of William Feather's Magazine, just in. A good specimen of his stuff starts on page 7. If the thing interests you, ask him for it, and he will be tickled to death. I'll see you in a day or two." The first issue of the American Mercury was published in January of 1924.
"Dear Mr. Parker:- Thanks very much for your note. Your subscription is being forwarded to the Smart Set office. As for the "Conversations", I doubt we will be able to go on with them. Nathan and I tried to revive them recently, and actually managed to concoct a new one, but it was hard work: the mood seemed to have passed."
Dear Mr. Weymer: I am enclosing the autograph you ask for, and with pleasure. Though I have never been an autograph collector myself, it seems to me to be one of the most interesting of pursuits. I am astonished at what you say about my letter paper. I'll have to see that the stationer improves it."
"Dear Ham: My infernal stomach continues to upset me, and writing is virtually impossible. I am therefore going to the Marburgh this afternoon for an investigation by Ben Baker. He tells me there is nothing serious in sight, but that I probably need a rigid diet. He'll try to work it out within the next few days. I should be back home by the end of the week. Keep this to yourself. I am writing to John and Wagner. I tried hard on Sunday , Monday and Tuesday to do a Monday piece for you, but it simply refused to be born. I feel quite well most of the time, but when I sit up at the typewriter I begin to ail."
"Dear Hamilton: 1. I'll be at the office at 2:30 on Thursday, rain or shine. 2. There is much excellent material for "Civilization in Georgia" in the file of Julian Harris' paper. For example, consider the issue of May the first. At the bottom of the editorial page, toward the right, there is a superb extract from the Carroll County Times. I enclose a copy of it. 3. Lying in bed last night, meditating upon ghostly themes, it occurred to me that the music of your song "She was poor but she was Honest" makes an exact fit with "Life is real, life is earnest | And the grave is not its goal." Let us try this at the roundhouse next Saturday."
"Dear Doctor: Just a line to thank you for the pleasantest evening I have spent in a long, long while. I enjoyed meeting your friends very much, and the Englishman seemed a very decent fellow. As an apology for talking too much, I am sending you a little book that may give you a snicker or two. You may well imagine the sort of reviews it is getting in virtuous family papers." More than likely Mencken included a copy of the Book of Burlesques.
"Dear Hamilton:- In connubial confidence Sara has told me of the noble contribution you and Olga have made to our armory. My very best thanks. I hope to eat regularly, and if so I'll need tools. The two of you must be the first martyrs to face the new cook. She is a Baptist from South Carolina. The weather along the St. Lawrence was infernal, so we came here hoping to smell a breeze. Unluckily, it is almost as hot. I begin to suspect that God is up to His old tricks. Perhaps it would be discreet for me to say a kind word now and then for the Twelve Apostles and to lay off greasing Pontius Pilate. I hope, this afternoon, to compose a piece for you on the state of Christian culture in Montreal. The town has some merit. Married life is grand. So long as man obeys his wife there can be no reason for discord. More of this anon," Mencken and Sara Haardt were married in Baltimore on August 27, 1930 and left the city bound for Montreal and Quebec on their honeymoon. They enjoyed Montreal but found Quebec to be hot and crowded. Bode writes: "They decided to move on to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where the weather was much cooler and the streets less crowded. After a few days at the Lord Nelson Hotel and another comfortable stay in St. John's, New Brunswick, they were ready to come home. "I begin to feel like an old married man already," Mencken wrote a friend.
New York: Butterick Publishing Company. 463-654p. 28cm. Wrappers. Covers intact; spine chipped and torn. In better than good condition. Includes Mencken's What You Ought to Know About Your Baby, part one, the New Born Baby.
New York: Butterick. 92p. 34cm. Wrappers. Covers torn along spine; creases; short tears; still in very good condition. Includes Mencken's article, Overnight Saints. Also, Sara Haardt's short story Each in Her Own Way.
Baltimore: Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1967. [18p]. 28cm. Stapled card. Slight fading. In very good condition. [Multiple copies available].
Garden City: Doubleday Doran, 1945. 406p. 19cm. First edition. Gray cloth. Reprints "Clarion Call to Poets." Corners bumped; slightly soiled. In very good condition. [Not in Schrader, or Adler].
New York: The Modern Library, . 383p. 18cm. Second edition. Grayish cloth stamped in green and gilt. Corners slightly bumped; front free endpaper clipped. In very good condition. [Schrader: B 23.2].
New York: Modern Library, nd. 482p. 21cm. red cloth; titling in gilt. Spine faded; front hinge starting. A better than good copy. [Reprints the introduction from B 23. Not in Schrader or Adler as such].
One CD. Tracks 1-6: On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1965. Track 5: H.L. Mencken. Tracks 7-8: Clifton Fadiman in conversation with Alfred A. Knopf and Alistair Cooke upon the publications of Cooke's The Vintage Mencken in 1955. Rare.
Chicago: Esquire Inc. 196p. 34cm. Wrappers. Some pages have browned, slight fading, minor wear; still in very good condition. Includes Mencken's article Obsequies in the Grand Manner. [Schrader: B 195.1, cited].
Chicago: Scott Foresman, 1933. 372p, bibliography. 19cm. First edition. Green cloth with yellow titling. Slight soiling and edge wear; penciled note on front free endpaper. In very good condition. [Schrader: B 107].
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. 492p, indexed. 22.5cm. First edition. Green cloth in gilt.. Corners bumped, minor wear to the spine ends. In very good condition. [Schrader: B 86.1].
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929. 492p, indexed. 22.5cm. First edition. Green cloth in gilt.. Corners bumped, minor wear to the spine ends; slightly cocked. In very good condition. [Schrader: B 86.1].
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1932. 624p, indexed. 24.5cm. First edition. Blue and black cloth; titling in gilt. One corner skinned, others almost; minor wear; prior owner's address label on the front free endpaper. In very good condition.
New York: Knopf, 1927. Frontis, 331p. 21cm. First edition. Blue cloth back and decorated paper boards. In a limited edition of 600 copies for "friends of the American Mercury in the advertising profession" this is copy 64/600. Spine ends worn; spine titling faded; minor edge wear and fading; corners skinned; penciled notes on the front free endpaper; still, in good condition.
New York: Knopf, 1938. 334p, illustrations. 21cm. First edition. Green cloth; titling in blue. Minor spotting on covers and spine; prior owner's neat signature on the front free endpaper. In very good condition.
New York: Harcourt Brace, 1939. 401p. 22cm. First edition. Blue cloth; titling in gilt on the spine. Slight insecting along spine; slight fading of edges; otherwise very good.
New York: Forum Publishing. 257-320p. 29cm. Wrappers. Spine chipped and torn; covers detached, but intact. In good condition. Includes an American Mercury advertisement for Mencken's The American Language.
New York: Harcourt Brace, 1939. 394p. 22cm. First edition. Blue cloth; titling in gilt. Slight insecting on spine; prior owner's address label; bookplate; otherwise in very good condition.
New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House Publishers, 1975. 206p. 23.5cm. Second printing. Brown cloth stamped in copper; dust jacket. Almost closed tear at top edge of front panel of jacket; jacket slightly toned. A fine copy in a very good jacket. [Schrader A 71.1.b].
Boston: John W. Luce, 1905. 107p. 19.5cm. First edition. Blue cloth; paper title labels. Spine insected; prior owner's neat signature; still a better than good copy. [Schrader: A 2.1.a].