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  Lot 57
 

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[Literature] [Algonquin Round Table]
Group of 5 Volumes from the Library of Robert Benchley

1. Broun, Heywood The Boy Grew Older New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1922. Second printing. 8vo. 291 pp. "Robert C. Benchley/1425 Broadway" and "M. Green/Publisher's Weekly/62 W 45" in pencil on front free endpaper. Presumably Benchley reviewed this title by his close friend and fellow Algonquin Round Table member, Broun. Additional note in Benchley's hand on rear paste-down seems to support this: "Easy to cry all the way -/short, jerky - laconic, - sequence all mixed-up/anecdote of H 3rd". "H 3rd" was Broun's son, Heywood Hale Broun III (1918-2001). 2. Broun, Heywood Seeing Things at Night New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1921. First edition. 8vo. 268 pp. Inscribed by Broun: "To Bob Benchley/'Of All Things'/From Heywood Broun" in ink on front free endpaper. Several newspaper clippings laid in, presumably by Benchley's wife Gertude, as was her custom. Benchley's first book, "Of All Things", was also published in 1921. 3. Parker, Dorothy Not So Deep as a Well New York: The Viking Press, 1936. First edition. 8vo. 210 pp. No ownership marks but with multiple magazine and newspaper clippings both mounted and laid in, presumably by Gertude. Parker and Benchley worked together at "Vanity Fair", at around the same time they co-founded the Algonquin Round Table. When Parker was terminated from Vanity Fair in 1920, Benchley responded by sending in his own letter of resignation. 4. Adams, Franklin P. The Diary of Our Own Samuel Pepys, 1911-1934 New York: Simon and Schuster, 1935. In two volumes. First edition. 8vo. 1,305 pp. No ownership marks but dense with multiple clippings and notes, written in several Benchley hands: his wife Gertrude; his son Nathaniel; his daughter-in-law Marjorie; his grandson Nat. F.P.A., as he was known, was another founding member of the Algonquin Round Table. Binding and condition vary.

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1. Broun, Heywood The Boy Grew Older New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1922. Second printing. 8vo. 291 pp. "Robert C. Benchley/1425 Broadway" and "M. Green/Publisher's Weekly/62 W 45" in pencil on front free endpaper. Presumably Benchley reviewed this title by his close friend and fellow Algonquin Round Table member, Broun. Additional note in Benchley's hand on rear paste-down seems to support this: "Easy to cry all the way -/short, jerky - laconic, - sequence all mixed-up/anecdote of H 3rd". "H 3rd" was Broun's son, Heywood Hale Broun III (1918-2001). 2. Broun, Heywood Seeing Things at Night New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1921. First edition. 8vo. 268 pp. Inscribed by Broun: "To Bob Benchley/'Of All Things'/From Heywood Broun" in ink on front free endpaper. Several newspaper clippings laid in, presumably by Benchley's wife Gertude, as was her custom. Benchley's first book, "Of All Things", was also published in 1921. 3. Parker, Dorothy Not So Deep as a Well New York: The Viking Press, 1936. First edition. 8vo. 210 pp. No ownership marks but with multiple magazine and newspaper clippings both mounted and laid in, presumably by Gertude. Parker and Benchley worked together at "Vanity Fair", at around the same time they co-founded the Algonquin Round Table. When Parker was terminated from Vanity Fair in 1920, Benchley responded by sending in his own letter of resignation. 4. Adams, Franklin P. The Diary of Our Own Samuel Pepys, 1911-1934 New York: Simon and Schuster, 1935. In two volumes. First edition. 8vo. 1,305 pp. No ownership marks but dense with multiple clippings and notes, written in several Benchley hands: his wife Gertrude; his son Nathaniel; his daughter-in-law Marjorie; his grandson Nat. F.P.A., as he was known, was another founding member of the Algonquin Round Table. Binding and condition vary.

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