Saloon Society. Bill Manville, David Attie, photographer, Alexey Brodovitch, designer.
Saloon Society
Saloon Society
Saloon Society
Saloon Society

Saloon Society. The Diary of a Year Beyond Aspirin

New York: Duell, Sloan and Pierce, 1960. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's black cloth, spine stamped in white, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.

Inscribed collection of Manville's late-1950s "Saloon Society" columns for the Village Voice, recounting his days and nights among Greenwich Village's Beat-era bar crowd. "I don't know how it is in your life, but five on a Sunday afternoon at the Remo is not a bad time in mine. I went there recently to escape the Sunday Neurosis, and found a few other refugees already there. Phil Doremus yelled for me to come over. Lou was at the table, too, and another guy, wearing a beard and a middle-distance look. 'He's a friend of mine, knows Kerouac,' Phil whispered to me, nodding toward the stranger. 'He's just off the road.'" Manville got his start on Madison Avenue and worked as a contributing editor for Vogue. Poignantly, he later became a popular syndicated columnist on addiction-related issues, and wrote a bestselling self-help book Cool, Hip and Sober. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photo montages by prolific commercial photographer David Attie, whose work appeared in Vogue, Time, Playboy and Harper's Bazaar. Attie was a protegé of celebrated Harper's art director Alexey Brodovitch, who gave him his first assignment, a series intended to illustrate the serialization of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's for Harper's. The magazine ended up not publishing the controversial novel; when it finally appeared in the pages of Esquire, only one of Attie's photos was used. However, many of the unused photos were recycled for Manville's book, which Brodovitch designed. Inscribed in blue pencil on the front free endpaper: "Faster! Bill Manville." Embrowning to endpapers from contemporary Village Voice clippings laid-in (now bagged). Unclipped dust jacket with some rubbing to spine-ends and small triangular chip to bottom edge of upper panel. Very good. Item #546

$250.00