24 September 2002
STOUT, Rex (1886-1975). How Like a God. New York: The Vanguard Press, 1929.
8o. Original cloth (sunned); pictorial dust jacket (separated along rear joint, spine chipped and partially separated, some soiling).
FIRST EDITION OF STOUT'S FIRST BOOK, very rare in dust jacket. After publishing four moderately successful novels, among them How Like a God, an unusual psychological novel written in the second person, Stout turned to the form of detective story. His great achievement was Nero Wolfe, the 286-pound detective. Wolfe's daily beer consumption is a marvel, he has yellow silk pyjamas, and he loves orchids. He is a gourmet who eats a whole eight-pound goose in the course of a single day.
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