Night Clubs - Jimmy Durante, Jack Kofoed 1931 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition Inscribed by Jimmy Durante ‘To Anne – a pleasure to know you – Jimmy Durante, Mar 30-42’.

This is not a ‘guide’, it contains anecdotes, characters, deals, entertainers and speakeasy challenges that only someone deeply connected with the scene could piece together, and if anyone knew the night clubs of New York it was the great entertainer Jimmy ‘Schnozzola’ Durante. Performing from 17 in Coney Island dives, Manhattan slums and gangster hangouts in Harlem, moving from a Mafia club ‘The Alamo’ to open his own small establishment ‘The Durant’ (the signmaker forgot to paint the ‘e’), but this was prohibition and soon after they were raided. Durante with his by now well known partners Eddie Jackson and Lou Clayton, moved on from there to become one of the all-time great night club acts. All this before becoming a film star, radio star, and television star.....

Illustrated with 16 photographs, illustrated title page and endpapers. The fabulous and rather risqué dust jacket was illustrated by Herbert Roese.
  James Francis "Jimmy" Durante (1893-1980) aka ‘the Schnozzola’ was an American singer, pianist, comedian, and actor. His distinctive clipped gravelly speech, New York accent, comic language butchery, jazz-influenced songs, and prominent nose helped make him one of America's most familiar and popular personalities of the 1920s through the 1970s.

Jack Kofoed (1894-1979) came to New York in 1923 to join the
Evening Telegram. Kofoed became a sports columnist at the Evening Post (1924-33), where he built a substantial reputation. He moved to the Journal-American briefly, but became more of a magazine writer for the next decade. A prolific writer, Kofoed wrote for some 200 different publications, did over a dozen books, and turned out screenplays. For the last 35 years of his life, he was a noted columnist for the Miami Herald (1944-79), covering a wide range of topics.

Herbert F. Roese (1901-1946) was one of the most prolific illustrators working in New York in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Known for his racy, risqué work, especially the books of Thorne Smith (the
Topper Series), Roese also illustrated covers and articles for Life and Collier’s magazines, including his character ‘Babe’ published in the 1940’s.

Octavo. pp. [10] [2] 3-247 [7]. In publisher’s black cloth, spine decorated and lettered in silver and red, front panel with silver vignette, rear panel with Borzoi books logo in blind, top edge stained burgundy, other edges untrimmed, pictorial endpapers. Dust jacket without price (as issued).
  Condition: Near fine, light wear to cloth corners, in very good jacket, light wear to corners heavier to spine ends, 2cm chip to rear panel at bottom edge.   Ref: 107734   Price: HK$ 9,000