Mr. and Mrs. Haddock in Paris, France - Donald Ogden Stewart 1926 - Harper & Brothers, New York and London - First Edition ‘’Oh but you can’t know Paris’ murmured the nice lady... ‘unless you live on the rive gauche’.
‘That means the left bank’, immediately volunteered little Mildred...
‘The left bank of what?’ asked Mr. Haddock?’

A pleasing copy of this charming satire by American author and screenwriter Don Stewart, his farcical tale of ‘innocents abroad’ Mr and Mrs Haddock and their misadventures in Paris, delightfully illustrated by Herb Roth.

The novel is dedicated to Gerald and Sara Murphy, the wealthy American expatriates who resided in the French Riviera and famously hosted a number of the writers and artists of the ‘lost generation’ at their vibrant parties during the 1920s. Fifty years after first meeting the couple, a dazzled Stewart wrote ‘Once upon a time there was a prince and a princess: that’s exactly how a description of the Murphys should begin’.

They are widely recognised as having inspired the characters of Dick and Nicole Diver in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s
Tender is the Night.
  Donald Ogden Stewart (1894-1980) is best remembered for his Hollywood golden era comedies and melodramas, including The Philadelphia Story and Love Affair. He was the model for Bill Gorton in Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and a member of the Algonquin Round Table.

References: Anderson,
Shadowed Cocktails 8. Donald Stewart’ The New York Times 1980. Allen, ‘What a Swell Party It Was’ The New York Times 1983.

8vo. pp. [12] 285 [1] [2-publisher advertisements] [4]. Publisher’s dark purple-blue cloth with light blue title labels lettered in dark purple-blue to upper cover and spine, red top stain, vignettes illustrated in green to front endpapers, in pictorial dust jacket, lettered in red and with Herb Roth illustration to covers. First edition with copyright page stating ‘First Edition’ and Harper’s code H-A (indicating August 1926).
  Condition: Near fine, 2 cm tear to inner rear hinge, in very good dust jacket, shallow chipping to spine ends and corners, 2 cm closed tear to upper edge of rear panel with some light subsequent creasing, spine slightly toned.   Ref: 108019   Price: HK$ 2,000