New York: Harper and Brothers, 1929. First Edition, First Printing. 5 3/4 X 8 3/4 Inches. 284 PP. Item #3210
Pre-publication copy signed by Beasley to New York City Real Estate Developer Joseph P. Day. Among other accolades, Joseph Day was the original owner and developer of Brooklyn's Manhattan Beach Baths Resort. It is rumored that during the course of his career he sold nearly 1/3 of the Bronx, 1/3 of Queens and nearly all of Brooklyn!
Incredible surviving pre-publicaton copy, printed in March of 1929 (Letter Code C-D on copyright page). The official publication date of the book was May of 1929 and first printing copies bear the letter code "E-D". The New York Times confirms this publication history with a review of the book "published by Harper Bros. last week" on May 19, 1929. Signed, "To Joseph P. Day, who understands people & Norman Beasley - May 3, 1929." Original maroon cloth boards sharp and clean. Original price of $3.00 intact on front flap. Dust jacket a bit rubbed at folds, but extremely attractive. Quite possibly the finest copy extant.