Place and Imprint: New York: Privately Printed, 1933.
Edition: Second edition, considerably rewritten.
Bibliographical References: OCLC 20222941 records three copies (Harvard, La Salle and Brown).
Condition: Edges very slightly rubbed; fine copy. Rare.
Book ID: 28298
Physical Description8vo, original printed wrappers bound in contemporary red half morocco, red cloth boards, gilt lettering.
CommentsA three-act operetta by American author Owen Wister (1860-1938) on the follies of prohibition. Macmillan published the first edition in 1923, as it had been performed at the Tavern Club in Boston, under the title Watch Your Thirst: A Dry Opera in Three Acts. It was completely rewritten to celebrate the end of prohibition in 1933 and performed again at the Tavern Club. Apparently Wister commissioned this privately printed edition. Inscribed by Wister on the title-page "Stockings from Uncle Dan'l / October 22, 1935." On the half-title Wister has noted "Performed by the Tavern Club, March 1923 / April 1934." The recipient was Amos Tuck French (1863-1941), the prominent banker and member of many of the same clubs as Owen Wister. They were, to quote William Dean Howells, "of like-blameless social traditions." The reference to "Uncle Dan'l" was obviously a personal joke between them. French's bookplate on the front paste-down and his notation to the binder in pencil on the printed wrapper: "Bind in this cover / A. French." From the inventory of M & S Books, Providence, Rhode Island.