New York: Harper & Brothers, (1949). Single volume, measuring 7.25 x 5 inches: 54, . Original pale grey cloth lettered in red, original unclipped photographic dust jacket. Photographic frontispiece, illustration by Edward C. Caswell. Ink presentation inscription from E.B. White to A.J. Liebling on front free endpaper. Spine panel sunned, light edgewear and several shallow chips to jacket, partial splits to folds. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First edition of E.B. White’s classic postwar meditation on New York City, inscribed to his colleague at The New Yorker, A.J. Liebling: “Joe Liebling / with greetings / Andy.” In Here Is New York, White famously identifies three cities within New York: “the New York of the man or woman who was born here,” “the New York of the commuter,” and “the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something.” It is that final city that most interests White: “It is this third city that accounts for New York’s high-strung disposition, its poetical deportment, its dedication to the arts, and its incomparable achievements.” While White was himself part of that third city, reminiscing about “what it felt like as a young man to live in the same town with giants” when he arrived in the 1920s, A.J. Liebling was a citizen of the first, a native New Yorker who emerged as one of the great American journalists and sportswriters. The two worked together at The New Yorker for decades. In White’s presentation inscription, he signs as “Andy,” a college nickname he used only with those he knew well. A very good association copy of an American classic, the quintessential New York copy of the quintessential New York book.