Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1962. First Edition. Cloth. 8vo. 8.5"x5.75". Beige cloth. Pictorial dust jacket. 205 pp.
Edge wear to jacket, including 1/2" chip at footer of jacket spine. Price clipped. Signed on front free endpaper.
This is a signed first edition of legendary Chicago bookseller Brent's memoir. Brent was the proprietor of Seven Stairs and Brent Books, a famously irrascible figure in the Chicago literary scene often compared to Muhammad Ali for his grandiose self-promotion (Chicago Tribune, 1/26/96) and outspoken advocacy for independent booksellers. Even after his store's closing in 1996 and his passing in 2010, Brent remains a controversial figure in the Chicago bookselling community, but either loved or hated, he is a man whose shoes have yet to be filled. Very good / very good. Item #940