Hard Cover. Andover, MA: Phillips Academy, 1931. First Edition. Very Good.
Black morocco, lettered in gilt to spine and front board, with illustration stamped in blind and gilt to front board, light blue endpapers, glossy pages containing photos of students and various academic information. A very good copy with previous owner Tom Lawrence Jr.'s signature to front pastedown, some light wear and toning to extremities, event program laid in. Pot Pourri is the annual yearbook for Phillips Academy, a secondary school in Andover, Massachusetts. James Phillips Lardner, journalist Ring Lardner's son, graduated in 1931 and then attended Dartmouth. Following in his father's footsteps, he started work at The New York Herald Tribune's Paris office. He was in good company: Ernest Hemingway was also living and writing in Paris at this time. In 1938, James and Hemingway went to Spain to observe and chronicle the ongoing civil war. The trip inspired James to join the International Brigades and aid the Loyalist forces in battle. He was wounded and then killed in action. Hemingway and fellow journalist Vincent Sheean assisted Ring in writing and collecting memorials to James, published under the title Somebody Had to Do Something: A Memorial to James Phillips Lardner (Los Angeles: James Lardner Memorial Fund, 1939.) Another of the graduating seniors pictured in this yearbook is Lyman Spitzer, an American physicist recognized with such awards as the Henry Draper Medal and the National Medal of Science. Spitzer was known for his contributions to rocketry and astronomy, and was a strong advocate for developing an extraterrestrial observatory. Spitzer is the namesake of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which was launched in 2003.