New York: Lincoln McVeagh / The Dial Press, 1929. Rea Irvin. Fourth Printing. Cloth. Small 8vo, orange cloth with black lettering on spine & front cover with B&W Alice confronting portly Uncle Sam on the front cover, frontispiece and 11 B&W full page illustrations by Rea Irvin, orange endpapers, 303 pages. Very Good / Very Good. Item #2857
Edward Hope Coffey Jr. (1896 - 1958) was an American writer, Princeton grad, then adman-turned-newspaperman-turned comedic satirical novelist. Recipient of the Legion of Merit; Christopher award, (1955), Princeton Campus Club, Authors’ Guild. The author served as a balloon and dirigible pilot in the U. S. Naval Air Corps during the first World War, and in the Army Signal Corps in the Second World War.
From 1920 to 1925, Mr. Hope was an ad man who then became a humorous columnist for the New York Herald Tribune, subsituting for Don Marquis. Concurrently, he began writing a series of cheerful yet satirical novels, of which the first was ALICE IN THE DELIGHTED STATES.
It was followed by She Loves Me Not (1933), Calm Yourself! (1934), Spanish Omelette (1937), and Ask Me No Questions in 1938.
She Loves Me Not was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post; Howard Lindsay's dramatization was a success in New York, as was the movie adaptation starring Bing Crosby.
SCARCE parody of Alice in Wonderland here also turned into a humorous political satire about the United States. Though a later printing, its overall condition and VERY SCARCE though slightly worn and nicked dust jacket makes it a worthy collectible.
Some wear and minor chpping to the extremities of the dj. Pages 12-13 adhered and have torn somewhat (see picture) when they were opened--a defect we attribute to the production methods by the publishe.