New York: William Sloane Associates, Inc., . Hardcover. Small 4to. Green cloth with burgundy lettering, pictorial dust jacket. (Ca. 200pp). Frontispiece, extensive illustrations. Near fine/good only. Jacket quite edgeworn, with large edge chips. Item #47097
Attractive and tight first edition of this largely pictorial biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning World War Two war correspondent par excellence (1900-45) -- with fascinating autograph additions: Nunzio R. Calvo was president of the Greater Cleveland Veterans Council and commissioner for soldiers relief for Cuyahoga County whose idea it was to celebrate the upcoming 25th anniversary of Pyle's death with the issuance of a U.S. postage stamp honoring him. Years later -- on May 7, 1971, to be exact -- the 16-cent "Ernie Pyle Journalist" stamp was officially issued in Washington, DC. Tipped before the half-title page of this copy is a Typed Letter Signed from Calvo, 1p, 7" X 9½", Cleveland, OH, 9 June 1971. Addressed to Paul Johnston. Near fine. On imprinted letterhead, Calvo tells this stamp enthusiast "Thank you very much for your 'Second Day Cover' of the issuance of the Ernie Pyle stamp from Dana, Indiana. It is a most welcome addition to my collection of Pyle memorabilia. Needless to say, I am quite thrilled that this stamp came to be after six years of effort. I'm enclosing a 'First Day Cover' in case you do not have one. This was from the First Day Ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington which I was privileged to attend...." Boldly signed in black ballpoint. Tipped opposite this is the aforementioned First Day Cover, imprinted on Calvo's imprinted envelope. Front flyleaf bears another copy of the Second Day Cover he mentions, cancelled in Pyle's hometown of Dana, Indiana, on 8 May 1971 1971 and bearing large inkstamped “2nd Day Issue” pictorial cachet at left -- signed boldly by Calvo in the "sweet spot." Also tipped in is Calvo's original transmittal letter, and laid in loose is the ideal bookmark: A superb 3¼" X 5¼" black-and-white snapshot showing a smiling Calvo holding up a half dozen Pyle books, with an open copy of Miller's "Ernie Pyle Album" in the foreground! Nice first edition of a title usually seen only in book club form and with relevant postal history accompaniments.