24 September 2002,
Price realised USD 478
USD 800 - USD 1,200
STOUT, Rex. Too Many Cooks. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1938.
8o. Original red cloth; pictorial dust jacket (chips at ends of spine with loss of portion of imprint, few other chips at extremities). Provenance: Marian Lefcourte (presentation inscription from the author).
FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY STOUT WITH AN AMUSING POEM TO THE WIFE OF AN ART DIRECTOR on the front free endpaper: "June 10-1939 For Marian Lefcourte I haven't had a chance to inspect her-- This charming wife of an art director. Am I never even to get a look? Is scribbling doggerel in a book The only thing that I am good for? Okay. Enough of this I've stood for. Rex Stout."
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