New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1968. First edition. Large octavo, original magenta cloth, black top edge, original dust jacket. Book with only faintest soiling to boards, spot of tape residue and scratch to front panel of price-clipped dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #46
"THE ESSENTIAL RYNNE" First edition of this authoritative one-volume version of the four historic books, based on Xavier Rynne's high-profile and controversial pieces in The New Yorker. This one-volume edition omits the chronologies, lists of speakers, and documentary appendices. The Dedication reflects the controversy: "The Authors Dedicate These Pages With Apologies To Those 'Learned And Pious' Readers Who Have Been Led Astray,*And With Best Wishes To All Lovers Of Open Windows And Fresh Air." The asterisk refers to a caustic anonymous review in Triumph in January, 1967 (printed at the bottom of the dedication page): "The efforts of 'Xavier Rynne,' I'm afraid must be condemned, derided and dismissed by any well-informed reader. Besides, the books...are a positive danger to the soul. I have seen very many learned and pious Christians led into mortal sin by them." First published in four volumes 1963-1966.