1st Printing. Signed. 148 pages. Published in 1986. The author's eighth book. One of Studs Terkel's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Susan Mitchell: Small-size volume format. Pale gray hard boards with purple cloth overboards and metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Text by Studs Terkel. Photographs by various contributors. Printed on thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Studs Terkel's "Chicago". His valentine to his beloved city, in which he spent virtually his whole life, firmly rooted in place, and sought out by America's (and the world's) greatest writers, artists, and statesmen. Compared to his other massive books, this is a slim volume, and one of very few in which the great writer speaks in his own voice. "A prose poem, full of vitality that is Studs' and this astounding city's. Not since Nelson Algren's 'Chicago: City on the Make' has there been so succinct, emotionally gratifying, and valuable a work, a truly graphic kaleidoscope of the city that has so importantly helped to nurture Terkel's genius, and which he in turn, has nurtured" (Herman Kogan). Lavishly illustrated with some of the most stunning black-and-white photographs of the city by Stephen Deutch, Archie Lieberman, Marc PoKempner, Art Shay, and Richard Younker, among other great Chicago-based photographers. Studs Terkel died on October 31, 2008 at the age of 96, yet another American icon who will not be replaced. A gem. An absolute "must-have" title for Studs Terkel collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the front free endpaper by the author: "For Chris, Whose register makes those wonderful musical beeps, and to this crazy, marvelous town Studs Terkel". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient, who is connected with the book business, is unmistakably someone Terkel knew personally. Terkel was an authentic signer. He wrote some of the most memorable inscriptions on his books, something he was no longer able to do recently because of advancing old age and "time pressure" during public signings. Signed and inscribed copies of his books are now highly collectible. They all have one underlying message: Faith and hope in Man despite the prevalent divisions and injustices he has written about so eloquently. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Most copies available online have major flaws or are subsequent printings. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in 1985 for "The Good War". One of the greatest American writers of the 20th century and a national treasure. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER STUDS TERKEL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0394553373. Bookseller Inventory #
From Library Journal:
Too personal to capture an objective view of Chicago, too much in a hop, skip, and a jump style to clearly focus on any aspect of the city, Terkel's latest book is entertaining, nostalgic, and a paean to his town. Managing to hark back to his own boyhood experiences and relate them to Chicago at large and occasionally voicing his own political philosophy, the author offers a kaleidoscopic tour. Policemen, dance ballrooms, race relations, WPA art, street art (not graffiti), and museum art, the Terkel rooming house, hospitals, a snowstorm, professional baseball, the Chicago Symphony, and the southside's reaction to Joe Louis's victory over Max Schmeling all come into view. Over 120 evocative photos enhance the text. Primarily regional in interest. Roger W. Fromm, Bloomsburg Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib.
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Title: CHICAGO - Rare Fine Copy of The First ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Pantheon
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
Book Description Pantheon, 1986. Book Condition: Good. 1st. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP7577888
Book Description Pantheon, 1986. Book Condition: Good. 1st. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP85768720
Book Description Pantheon, 1986. Book Condition: Good. 1st. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96243818
Book Description Pantheon. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2733190813
Book Description Pantheon. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some minor highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. Bookseller Inventory # 2749478459
Book Description Pantheon. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Bookseller Inventory # 2749405549
Book Description Pantheon. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Bookseller Inventory # G0394553373I5N10
Book Description Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book has a small amount of wear visible on the binding, cover, pages. Bookseller Inventory # G0394553373I3N00
Book Description Pantheon. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. This copy shows very minor wear. Bookseller Inventory # G0394553373I4N00
Book Description Pantheon. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book has appearance of light use with no easily noticeable wear. Bookseller Inventory # G0394553373I4N10