Ben HECHT (1893-1964).
Gaily Gaily The memoirs of a cub reporter in Chicago. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1963. Octavo (8 1/8 x 5 2/8ins; 207 x 133mm). Original cloth, dust-jacket (dust-jacket lightly soiled and with small splits and rubbing to extremities). Provenance: Edwin L. Weisl (1897-1922, lawyer, close friend of President Johnson, Paramount pictures board member, author’s presentation inscription “To Ed Weisl / who was one of / the Main Event Gentlemen / of my Chicago / good wishes / Ben Hecht”).
First edition inscribed by the author to a well-connected Hollywood executive: this is the last book published during Hecht’s lifetime and inscribed copies are quite rare.