BUCKLEY, Jr., WILLIAM F. Large group of books signed or inscribed to Aileen Mehle.
Comprising approximately thirty-five volumes signed or inscribed the front blanks or on labels affixed to the front endpapers, includes first and later editions by various publishers. Original bindings of issue, mostly in dust jackets. Some wear to jackets, includes a few unsigned volumes and a few inscribed by Christopher Buckley; Together with a group of letters to Mehle from Buckley, mostly short typed letters on Buckley's National Review stationery signed "Bill."
A fine group of inscribed books from the prolific conservative author (and fixture of New York society) William F. Buckley to his close friend Aileen Mehle. In remarks introducing Mehle in 1991, Buckley wrote "I love Aileen dearly, and we have spent many otherwise boring evenings, made palatable by giggling together." He also noted that both he and Mehle were raised speaking Spanish, and several of the volumes bear salutations in that language. Buckley wrote widly on political subjects but also wrote spy fiction and the lot includes among others: Execution Eve (1975); A Hymnal (1978); Overdrive (1983), High Jinx (1986); etc. For the text of the remarks quoted above see Let Us Talk of Many Things: The Collected Speeches of William F. Buckley, Jr., p. 377.
C The Estate of Aileen Mehle
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