Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1952. Tenth Printing. Cloth-backed cloth. 213 pp. SIGNED/INSCRIBED in ink by author Conrad on the half-title: "For John--an old friend and a good 'un--with the admiration of Barnaby". Opposite the inscription is an ORIGINAL drawing in ink by Conrad, of the head of a Matador, with the handwritten title: "'Old Torero' by BC". Illustrated dust jacket. Illustrations by the author. Cloth-backed cloth. 5 1/2" x 81/4.
This book was a runaway bestseller when published. Author Conrad was an artist, bullfighter, restaurateur and author of 27 fiction and non-fiction books. He was once secretary to Sinclair Lewis. El Matador, Conrad's elegant saloon on Broadway in San Franisco's North Beach, was a very popular meeting place in the 1950's for locals and visiting celebrities. The saloon was named after this book. A Near Fine copy in a Very Good or better dust jacket (edgewear, especially at the spine-ends), now in a clear mylar protective sleeve. ALWAYS FREE SHIPPING of our books in boxes, via media mail, to any Untied States address. Near Fine / Very Good. Item #2455