New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, (1935).
Hardcover. First edition. Gilt spine lettering a bit rubbed, else fine in a lovely, fine dustwrapper with a couple of tiny tears. Arguably a "dedication copy," Inscribed by the author: "Dear Williams: 'To Friends' the dedication page says. You are one of the best any man could have. Barry B. 10/28/35." Benefield, although little known today, was cited by the great short story anthologist Edward J. O'Brien as one of the four finest short story writers of the 1920s, along with Ernest Hemingway, Sherwood Anderson, and Manuel Komroff. Benefield adapted this comedic novel from his own short story, and the novel became the basis for the 1936 film with Harry Carey, Gabby Hayes, and Gladys George, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in her debut film.