Side Street [Contemporarily Signed]. Nathaniel Benchley, John Steinbeck.
Side Street [Contemporarily Signed]
Side Street [Contemporarily Signed]
Side Street [Contemporarily Signed]
Side Street [Contemporarily Signed]
Side Street [Contemporarily Signed]
Side Street [Contemporarily Signed]

Side Street [Contemporarily Signed]

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1950. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. A Fine copy of the first edition, first printing, of Nathaniel Benchley's DEBUT BOOK, in a Very Good dust jacket (with the dust jacket showing some small chips at the spine extremities, rubbing at the folds, and some small staining to the rear panel). Benchley, the son of writer Robert Benchley -- of Algonquin Round Table fame -- and father of Peter Benchley -- author of Jaws, among others) based the book on his experience in New York. When Nathaniel Benchley returned from WWII, he met John Steinbeck and the two became friends. Benchley and his wife also then met Steinbeck and his wife Gwen. Steinbeck and Benchley liked each other so well that Steinbeck invited the Benchleys to rent, at a considerably reduced rate, one side of a Duplex on 78th Street in New York which Steinbeck owned and one side of which the Steinbeck family occupied. Each couple had a couple of boys and their children all became great friends as well, playing together in their joint back yard, and with the Benchley children calling John Steinbeck "Father Steinbeck". In its "Books of the Times" for February 23, 1950, the New York Times described the book as "...a fine book of ch----eerful sketches about a man who bought himself a couple of brownstone houses in Manhatten." Not only did the relationship between the Steinbecks and the Benchleys give birth to this, Nathaniel Benchley's Debut Book, Benchley also used the symbiotic relationship between the families as a basis for his one original Broadway play titled "The Frogs of Spring" -- produced by Tom Noyes and Lyn Austin and directed by Burgess Meredith. This copy of the book has been inscribed, signed, and dated by Nathaniel Benchley on the half-title page early in the year of publication as follows: "For: // Michael Stone/ What are you / doing after the / show? // Nathaniel Benchley // 23 February, 1950." Copies of the book are rather uncommon to the market, signed copies of it are scarce, and, in our experience, copies signed and dated in the year of the book's publication are as scarce as hens teeth. A Fine copy in a Very Good dust jacket, INSCRIBED, SIGNED, AND DATED BY THE AUTHOR EARLY IN THE YEAR OF THE BOOK'S PUBLICATION. QUITE SCARCE INDEED. Fine / very good. Item #2930

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