West, Rebecca THE THINKING REED
New York: The Viking Press, 1936. First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Age-darkening to endsheets, else fine, in gleaming red binding with matching red upper page-edge coloring, gilt titling and rules; in a faintly age-toned, very lightly rubbed dust jacket with minor edgewear, and a tiny sticker scar to rear flap.
Witty comedy of manners in the tradition of Congreve, Sterne and Sheridan. The "thinking reed," a beautiful, young and intelligent American, struggles to find her place in the over-civilized world of pre-depression Europe. The title is from Pascal.