First cheap edition. The publisher's retained copy. Original blue cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A very good copy, the binding square and firm. The contents with the publisher's "Archive Copy" stamp to the title page and a little toning to page edges, are otherwise clean throughout. Complete with the dustwrapper which has minor wear to the extremities, some crumpling and a small tear to the top corner of the rear panel, some toning to the spine, and the publisher's pencil notation to the front and back panels. Overall, a nice example of this relatively scarce work.
A candid account of life amongst the upper echelons of American society in the 1930s written by the black sheep of the Vanderbilt family, disinherited after becoming a newspaper publisher. Also writing of his trip to Europe, Vanderbilt notably recounts his acquaintance with figures including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Kaiser Wilhelm, Benito Mussolini, Pope Pius XI, Joseph Stalin, and Al Capone. Provenance: From the archive of the publisher Victor Gollancz.
Stock code: 16749