New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970. Hardcover. First Edition. x, 806 pp. 8vo. Dust jacket has numerous chips, tears, and losses, as well as minor staining, now in mylar cover. Green cloth boards with ivory cloth spine and gold embossed titling. Wear and scuffing to boards, light rust-like staining to boards and edges of text block. Very Good / good.
Inscribed by E. B. White (1899-1985) to his wife, Katharine S. White (1892-1977) in blue ink on the first free endpaper: "For Katharine '...a lovely girl with ideals, principles, intelligence....' on that fateful day. 13 November. from Husband"
A gift on the 41st anniversary of their wedding that took place on November 13, 1929. According to Martha White, their granddaughter, Katharine White was a great admirer of Lady Bird Johnson and her beautification efforts through gardens and flowers. Lady Bird's work in Washington, DC, and across the country led to the Highway Beautification Act signed into law by President Johnson in 1965. Katharine S. White was the longtime fiction editor at The New Yorker and an avid and respected gardener. In addition to her editing duties, White wrote an annual New Yorker piece on gardening and garden catalogs titled, "Onward and Upward in the Garden." From the Estate of Joel (1930-1997) & Allene White.