New York: Horace Liveright, 1929. First Edition of the author’s first book. In the presumed first binding; worn and chipped at the spine ends; a good copy in a worn and defective dust jacket. Presentation copy; inscribed by the author to his wife, signing with an apparent pet or joke name, “May 23, 1930. To Laura who is even funnier than Jimmy Durante. Bic. On her 19th birthday.” Perelman’s wife Laura, with whom he partnered on several writing projects, was the sister of his Brown schoolmate Nathanael West.