Chicago: Burley, Cross, & Co., .
Softbound (only issued softbound). First edition. Illustrated with drawings. A collection of short stories (in some cases adapted from fairy tales or literary classics) written entirely in beatnik slang. An amazing tour de force of hip lingo, one of the two most important books on the subject as it's not simply a glossary of terms, but rather a swinging, musical, humorous rant in the style of Lord Buckley. The only other book that rivals this is Burley's previous title published in 1944, "Dan Burley's Original Handbook of Harlem Jive," also a classic of hip slang, though that book utilized the lingo of the Harlem jazz and hipster scene of the period. Blind stamp of Peter Tamony on cover and first two pages (Tamony was an American folk-etymologist noted for his research into colloquial speech), else a bright very good plus to near fine copy. An essential book for anyone interested in beatnik and hipster slang---and rare---only the third copy we've seen in 33 years.