The Most Agreeable Vice.
Huxley, Aldous.

[Los Angeles: Printed by Ward Ritchie for Jake Zeitlin, 1938]. A fine copy of a notorious Huxley rarity. Loose sheet, folded twice, unbound. 5 3/8" x 3 13/16." [8] pp. (Item ID: 7185)

$350.00

First edition. Printed for “the dean of Southern California booksellers,” Jake Zeitlin, upon the opening of his new book shop at 624 South Carondelet in Los Angeles, on June 15, 1938. Limited to 500 copies, but in actuality much scarcer than this limitation would indicate. Jake Zeitlin’s explanation of its rarity was that handfulls of this piece were picked up at his opening party, never to be seen again; he thought, perhaps, the culprit was Ritchie himself, as Jake was characteristically late in paying his printing bills. Huxley, who lived in Los Angeles for many years, was a Zeitlin customer and personal friend. The subject of this discourse is, of course, books. "Myself a reading-addict, I can claim a first-hand acquaintance with this delightful vice, for which men have been known to sacrifice health and wealth, their nearest and dearest, their duty and what the rest of the world regards as pleasure. And the beauty of these sacrifices is that they are made with a good conscience, in the conviction that the sacrificer is pursuing the Highest Good."

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