Winston-Salem, N.C. Palaemon Press, . 4to. [xvi] pp. FIRST EDITION. Marbled wrappers with paper label. A very fine copy, signed and numbered in Arabic numerals by the author. Item #11681
First edition, number 72 of 200 copies. This delightful essay first appeared in the December 1975 issue of Esquire. “This is not written by a connoisseur of bourbon. Ninety-nine percent of bourbon drinkers know more about bourbon than I do. It is about the aesthetic of bourbon drinking in general and in particular of knocking it back neat.” Percy (1916-90) was orphaned as a teenager after his father’s suicide and his mother’s death in a car accident. He earned his MD at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, afterwards moving to New York to work as a pathologist. While in New York, he contracted tuberculosis, and it was during his 3-year convalescence that he began to explore his literary talents, becoming the award-winning “philosophical novelist” perhaps known best for his novel The Moviegoer. He was a lifelong friend of the great novelist Shelby Foote.