London: Gerald Swan, 1942. First Edition. Very good plus in dust jacket; in a custom quarter-morocco clamshell box. Presentation copy; inscribed by comedian Stan Laurel, “This is so true Ben [Shipman]! Fondly - Stan.” Laid in is a letter of provenance from the recipient’s son. Laurel’s career began in vaudeville, his family trade. On tour in the States, he debuted in films in 1917, successfully transitioning from silents to talkies. It is no exaggeration to praise this association: Ben Shipman managed Laurel and Hardy.