(New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1941). 223 x 253 mm. (8 3/4 x 6"). 1 p. l., xi, [v], 313, [3] pp. FIRST EDITION.

Publisher's oatmeal colored buckram, blind-stamped red and blue, with original dust jacket, price unclipped. With frontispiece portrait of the author as a teenager. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on the front free endpaper. Dust jacket a little worn and chipped along edges, spine slightly toned, a few small smudges to lower wrapper, but still a very good copy, one opening a little browned from an old newspaper clipping being laid in, otherwise pristine.

This is a very good copy of the second volume of H . L. Mencken's three volume memoir, signed by the author. Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) was an American journalist, scholar, and critic best known for his study of spoken English in the United States ("The American Language"), and for his work at the Herald and Baltimore Sun, including coverage of what he scathingly dubbed the Scopes "Monkey Trial." This second volume covers the years 1899-1906, from the author's first job at the Morning Herald at the age of 18. It was preceded by "Happy Days, 1880-1892" (1940) followed by and "Heathen Days, 1890–1936" (1943).