24 September 2002
[QUEEN, Ellery]. NATHAN, Daniel. The Golden Summer. Boston: Little, Brown, . 8o. Original green cloth (top edge marked); pictorial dust jacket by Barbara Corrigan (small stain to top of back panel and front flap, spine panel end reinforced on verso, some wear to edges). Provenance: Vincent Starrett (presentation and ownership inscriptions). FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY inscribed and signed on the title-page: "To Vincent with the best wishes of the author". Starrett has inscribed on the half-title: "('Daniel Nathan' is Frederic Dannay -- i.e. 'Ellery Queen') V.S."
[Laid in]: Typed letter from Frederic Dannay to Vincent Starrett, New York, 3 March 1953. 2 pages, 4to, on Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine stationery. "I had the deep urge to send you a copy [of Golden Summer]...I ask only that you give me your promise not to reveal that the author of the book has any connection whatsoever with either Frederic Dannay or Ellery Queen." Dannay also discusses his reasons for writing this memoir and his own book collecting. Daniel Nathan was Dannay's birth name. This is the only book he wrote not in collaboration with his cousin.
[With]: SULLIVAN, Eleanor. Whodunit: A Biblio-Bio-Anecdotal Memoir of Frederick Dannay. New York: Targ Editions, 1984. 8o. Original cloth-backed boards; glassine dust jacket (torn). LIMITED EDITION, one of 150 copies. (2)
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