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THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH. George Axelrod. THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH.
New York: Random House, (1953). First edition. "A Random House play" illustrated with photographs from the original stage production. Tom Ewell won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Richard Sherman and later starred in Billy Wilder's film version with Marilyn Monroe. Fine in near fine dust jacket with slightly darkened spine.

[Book #40263]       Price: $100.00
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THE DRESSMAKER. Beryl Bainbridge. THE DRESSMAKER.
(London): Duckworth, (1973). First edition. SIGNED BY BAINBRIDGE, "Best wishes, Beryl Bainbridge" (not to anyone in particular). A pyschological novel about the struggles of a repressed dressmaker and her sister to look after their 17-year-old niece, who is having a delusional affair with an American soldier during WWII (inspired by a relationship Bainbridge had with a soldier when she was a teen). Made into a 1988 award-winning British film. Short-listed for the Booker Prize. Faint foxing to page top edge, pastedowns and verso of the price-clipped dust jacket, otherwise near fine. SCARCE SIGNED.

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LITTLE BIG MAN. Thomas Berger. LITTLE BIG MAN.
New York: Dial Press, 1964. First edition of his third and most famous work. Dial Prize winner, and the basis for the Dustin Hoffman movie of the same name. "UNCORRECTED GALLEYS"--sheets punched with two holes, printed on front only, string tied with cardboard covers marked as above. Small portion of front cover board torn off and it appears there once was a label on the front cover, as there is a glue stain. A rare item.

[Book #42328]       Price: $750.00
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LOVE INSURANCE. Earl Derr Biggers. LOVE INSURANCE.
New Y ork: Grosset & Dunlap, [circa 1919]. First of this Photoplay edition, which we assume was issued about 1919, or later, as that is the year the first movie, with Ralph Denny, was made. Another movie, starring Abbott and Costello and with Robert Cummings, was made in 1940 under the title "One Night in the Tropics." Old insect damage on bottom of covers, otherwise very good in chipped but still very good dust jacket. An early photoplay jacket.

[Book #52239]       Price: $250.00
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THE DA VINCI CODE: A Novel. Dan Brown. THE DA VINCI CODE: A Novel.
New York: Doubleday, (2003). First edition. First issue, with "skitoma" page 243, line 25. This run-away best seller was the second novel to feature Robert Langdon. Filmed with Tom Hanks in the starring role. Fine in fine dust jacket.

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THE DA VINCI CODE: Special Illustrated Edition. Dan Brown. THE DA VINCI CODE: Special Illustrated Edition.
New York: Doubleday, (2004). First illustrated edition. The popular novel, turned into a popular movie. A tall book, fine in pictorial dust jacket.

[Book #47146]       Price: $50.00
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SCREENPLAY FOR THE MOVIE "GREYSTROKE": Photocopy in Pressbound Report Covers. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert Towne. SCREENPLAY FOR THE MOVIE "GREYSTROKE": Photocopy in Pressbound Report Covers.
(No-place: no-publisher, August 4, 1977). Early draft of Robert Towne's screenplay for 1984 movie, "Greystroke," based on Burroughs' novel, TARZAN OF THE APES. Directed by Hugh Hudson, starring Christopher Lambert and Andie MacDowell. Towne, frustrated at being passed over for director, used the pseudonym "P. H. Vazak"--the name of his dog--for the film and received an Oscar nomination for "Best Adapted Screenplay" under that name. 170 pages, printed on rectos only, clasp bound with black card covers. Plain white label on front with handwritten "GREYSTROKE / Rob't Towne"; title handwritten on "spine" (left-side page edges). Covers a little loose but holding, otherwise very good.

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THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE. James M. Cain. THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE.
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (1934). Reprint edition. A movie edition with stills from the movie, including ones of Lana Turner and John Garfield on front and back jacket covers. Book is about very good in a dust jacket worn on edges, with some closed tears and spine fading.

[Book #53222]       Price: $45.00
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BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S: A Short Novel and Three Short Stories. Truman Capote. BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S: A Short Novel and Three Short Stories.
New York: Random House, (1958). First edition of one of his most enduring works. The title novella is the basis for the 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly. SHORT AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED BY CAPOTE LAID IN: "Dear Sir -- I do not have the time to answer your request. T. Capote." Light offset to front endpapers from item previously laid in otherwise fine. In very good to near fine dust jacket with the usual toning to the orange spine and a few tiny nicks and tears.

[Book #54952]       Price: $3,500.00
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IN COLD BLOOD: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences. Truman Capote. IN COLD BLOOD: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences.
New York: Random House, (1965). First edition. Number 483 of 500 SIGNED numbered copies. His most famous book, made into two movies and a made-for-TV movie. Barest fading to spine still quite fine in fine, original acetate dust jacket and paper-covered slipcase that is just beginning to mellow on edges (still fine). LIMITED ISSUE, SIGNED.

[Book #53860]       Price: $2,000.00
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THE HORSE'S MOUTH. Joyce Cary. THE HORSE'S MOUTH.
London: Michael Joseph Ltd. (1944). First edition. The third volume in his trilogy (first two volumes were HERSELF SURPRISED, 1941, and TO BE A PILGRIM, 1942). HORSE'S MOUTH follows the adventures of Gulley Jimson, an artist who exploits his friends and acquaintances to earn a quid. Made into a 1958 movie with script by Cary and Alec Guinness, starring Guinness and Kay Walsh. Very good in red cloth; in dust jacket with long tears along front spine fold and front flap fold backed with tape, front panel a little wrinkled and few small chips and closed tears. Still, a presentable example of this scarce jacket.

[Book #49668]       Price: $200.00
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WONDER BOYS. Michael Chabon. WONDER BOYS.
New York: Villard Books, 1995. First edition. Basis for the Academy Award-nominated film of the same name. Chabon won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay." An advance reader's edition in printed paperwraps. SIGNED by the author on the title page with quote, "The empty Sundays of his life---." Fine. SIGNED WITH QUOTE FROM BOOK.

[Book #46672]       Price: $125.00
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THE LADY IN THE LAKE A Philip Marlowe Mystery. Raymond Chandler. THE LADY IN THE LAKE A Philip Marlowe Mystery.
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, [circa 1947]. First edition thus, a photoplay edition with scenes from the 1947 movie starring Robert Montgomery on jacket panels and flaps. Crease to front cover of book (board bent then straightened) otherwise would be very good or better with bookplate on front endpaper, in good to very good dust jacket with rubbed creasing to edges, shallow chipping, rubbing and few tears, and upper portion of spine fading.

[Book #53177]       Price: $150.00
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SINISTER ERRAND. Peter Cheyney. SINISTER ERRAND.
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1945. First US edition. Filmed in 1952 as "Diplomatic Courier." Very good or better with light wear to the spine ends and corners and a small spot on the back where it appears the dust jacket was affixed to the board. In very good dust jacket with light soiling and rubbing, shallow chipping to spine ends and corners, a closed tear to top corner of front panel. Although showing some wear, still an attractive jacket with bright cover art.

[Book #51217]       Price: $45.00
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APPLAUSE. Betty Comden, Adolph Green. APPLAUSE.
New York: Random House, (1971). First edition. Based on the film "All About Eve." Music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams. From an original story by Mary Orr. Very good with a few tiny nicks on front edge of paper board. Previous owner's name and stamp on front endpaper. Book is otherwise in fine condition with bright gold lettering on the spine and minimal wear. Lacking dust jacket.

[Book #51743]       Price: $45.00
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THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE. Pat Conroy. THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1980. First edition. SIGNED by Conroy. Basis for the movie of the same name, co-written by Conroy and starring David Keith and Robert Prosky, as Bear. "One hundred years of the finest school turning out the finest young men. IT WAS ALL A LIE. One cadet is about to expose the system." Subtle rubbing to upper boards, still near fine in first-issue, price-clipped dust jacket with single blurb by James Dickey on rear panel (versus four). The white jacket shows only the barest wear.

[Book #53219]       Price: $250.00
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OUT OF AFRICA. Isak Dinesen. OUT OF AFRICA.
New York: Random House, (1938). First U.S. edition. Her best-known book, an account of her years spent on a coffee farm in Kenya and of the local animals and the native peoples. Basis for the Sydney Pollack Oscar-winning 1985 film starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. Bright, clean and near fine in about very good dust jacket with shadow of old internal paper-tape repair visible on rear panel edges, half-inch chip from top corner rear panel, and few nicks, rubs and tears.

[Book #54935]       Price: $350.00
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RAGTIME. E. L. Doctorow. RAGTIME.
New York: Random House, (1975). First edition. One of 150 SIGNED numbered copies. The basis for the 1981 movie which featured James Cagney's last film performance. Spine a bit tanned, otherwise fine in slipcase with very minor wear and a little fading around edges.

[Book #48983]       Price: $400.00
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THE CHAMP. Harry Sinclair Drago. THE CHAMP.
New York: A. L. Burt, (1932). First edition, a photoplay edition. Pictures from the movie illustrate the spine and front cover of the jacket; and the frontispiece is a black-and-white movie still. Novelization by Drago from the Frances Marion screenplay for the 1931 King Vidor-directed film featuring Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper. Fine in bright, near fine dust jacket with minor chipping on edges.

[Book #53646]       Price: $150.00
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AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. Theodore Dreiser. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY.
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925. First edition. The trade edition in two volumes, as issued. Precedes the limited edition by a year. Much scarcer in nice condition, in our experience, than the limited. One of Dreiser's most acclaimed books. Made into the 1931 film of the same name and 1951's, "A Place in the Sun," starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters. This enduring classic is a Haycraft-Queen title and on Time Magazine's 100 Best Novels list. Based on the notorious 1906 murder of 20-year-old Grace Brown. Chester Gillette, who claimed Brown's death was accidental, was convicted of her killing in a trial that drew international attention. (Wikipedia) Bright and fine in bright dust jackets much nicer than usually seen. The jacket on volume one with chip at base of spine filled in but otherwise both jackets are very nearly fine. In the original gray paper-board slipcase with printed paper label pasted to one side. Slipcase shows general wear and minor repair to hinges but is still quite good. Scarce in original slipcase and this nice condition. MUCH SCARCER IN THIS NICE CONDITION THAN THE LIMITED.

[Book #52673]       Price: $2,500.00
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AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. Theodore Dreiser. AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY.
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925. First edition. Volume one only of the two-volume trade edition, which preceded the limited edition by a year. One of Dreiser's most acclaimed books, made into a film in 1931 under this title and in 1951 as "A Place in the Sun" with Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters. A Haycraft-Queen title and on the Time 100 list. Gold stamped spine lettering a little dull, corners a bit rubbed and front hinge starting, otherwise very good condition. In a dust jacket with an obvious repair at top of spine where it appears lettering has been drawn in (nice job), otherwise near fine. VOLUME ONE ONLY.

[Book #52707]       Price: $250.00
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THE FILM OF MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL. T. S. Eliot. THE FILM OF MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL.
London: Faber and Faber, (1952). First edition in second state binding. Cloth just a bit rubbed otherwise fine in price-clipped dust jacket.

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BLOOD ON THE MOON. James Ellroy. BLOOD ON THE MOON.
New York: Mysterious Press, (1984). First edition. A serial-killer thriller set in L.A.; the first installment in the "Lloyd Hopkins" trilogy. His third novel but first to be published in hardcover in the U.S. (the rest were issued here in paperback). Also, his first book to be adapted for film--made into the 1988 movie "Cop," starring James Woods. INSCRIBED, "To Lana, Bloody Good Devouring, James Ellroy"; or, at least that's what it appears to say--your guess is as good as ours. Provenance: from the estate of Lana Pipes. Lana and her husband, Lane, were prominent Washington-area collectors. Fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #54759]       Price: $150.00
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L. A. CONFIDENTIAL. James Ellroy. L. A. CONFIDENTIAL.
New York: Mysterious Press, (1990). First edition. INSCRIBED, "To: Lana -- Blood blitz. James Ellroy." Noir novel set in 1950's L.A. in which three policemen investigate a series of murders and mete out with their own brand of justice. Basis for the critically acclaimed movie of the same name starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger (who won an Oscar for her role), Danny DeVito, et al. Lana Pipes (1942 - 2017), a Fulbright Scholar, edited educational magazines. She and her husband, Frank, who died in the Air Florida flight in 1982, were major collectors in Washington D.C. Fine in fine dust jacket.

[Book #54760]       Price: $125.00
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THE HORSE WHISPERER. Nicholas Evans. THE HORSE WHISPERER.
London: Bantam Press, (1995). First UK edition of AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. Basis for the Robert Redford movie. Advance reading copy (though labeled "uncorrected proof"). SIGNED BY EVANS on the title page, which is unusual as most copies we've seen were signed on a numbered bookplate. Fine in glossy pictorial paperwraps.

[Book #50983]       Price: $75.00
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