Title: An Original Travel Diary of Young Abby ...
Publisher: 4Ó x 6 1/2Ó 1949
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
An original leather-bound travel diary of ten-year old Abby Perelman (with her name gilt-stamped on the front cover), daughter of S.J. Perelman, of an around-the-world trip with her family in 1949 with daily entries by Abby describing her experiences. Laid-in is a signed autograph note from Groucho Marx, the Perelman family friend and colleague of her father, to Abby: ÒSince youÕre a female my love to you Abby, Groucho Marx.Ó The note was likely to have been written just before the family left Los Angeles where they visited with various Hollywood friends prior to heading for San Francisco and then the Far East. In her diary, on the date of Friday, July 15, 1949 when Abby and her family were in London, there two other Marx Brother signed autograph notes. The first is from Harpo and reads: ÒTo Abby from Harpo, XXX, Ô49, London.Ó and has his stamp showing an image of him playing the harp with the words ÒBest Wishes.Ó On the next page is an entry from Chico reading: ÒDear Abby, Thank God you donÕt look like the old man. Chico Marx.Ó The diary is bound in dark blue leather with ÒAbby PerelmanÓ gilt-stamped on the front cover with the original pencil in its special holder affixed to the inside and outer edge of the rear cover. Very good plus with only slight signs of wear to the extremities, which is remarkable considering AbbyÕs young age (10 years old) and the nine month journey. Much of what Abby writes in her diary was part of PerelmanÕs book ÔThe Swiss Family Perelman,Õ including her fatherÕs purchase of his beloved MG Tourer sports car and his mynah bird, Tong Cha. Sidney Joseph Perelman, popularly known as S. J. Perelman (1904 Ð 1979), was one of the most widely read literary icons of the Golden Age of American Humor. His New Yorker pieces, fiction, and collected essays are legendary for their biting wit and mastery of caricature and language. He was the brother-in-law of the writer Nathanael West with whom he shared a close relationship up until WestÕs death in a car accident in 1940 at age thirty-seven, and whose memory and literary reputation he devoted himself to maintaining. Bookseller Inventory # 18748E
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