RICHARD: Rory, I have a surprise. Not only did I find that copy of Mencken’s Chrestomathy we discussed, I also found a first edition of his memoirs as well.
H.L. Mencken wrote three volumes of memoirs. They were Happy Days, 1880-1892 (1940); Newspaper Days, 1899-1906 (1941); and Heathen Days, 1890-1936 (1943). They were published together in a single volume called The Days of H.L. Mencken in 1947; a good quality first edition might go for around $70 today.
The episode ends with Lorelai in the situation she feared: left alone while Rory spends time with her grandparents and gets “spoiled” with a first edition of a book she has wanted. Of course, Lorelai has had Rory all to herself for many years before this.