Al Overton wrote the text of his 1967 1st Edition on 5x7 index cards, one card for each variety and each subvariety. The total came to 1,251! (His 1970 revision greatly reduced the number of subvarieties.) The Herculean task of transcribing Overton’s notes to book form fell to his secretary, Rita D. Brodbeck of Pueblo, CO. After its publication Al presented Ms. Brodbeck with an autographed copy of the book. On the facing page inside the front cover he wrote the following.
Best wishes to Rita Brodbeck, the gal that typed this whole book s/ Al C. Overton
On September 25, 1997 Ms. Brodbeck, then known as Rita D. Tedrow, sold the book to John Manley, the late father of our consignor. She executed a notarized affidavit to confirm that the book was signed, inscribed and given to her by Al Overton in 1967. The affidavit accompanies this lot. The book is pristine. The dust jacket nearly so.