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Spillane, Mickey. THE AUTHOR'S PERMIT To Carry A Concealed Weapon, issued by the State of South Carolina in 2002. The expired permit is signed by Spillane, bears an identifying photograph of him, lists his full name (Frank M. Spillane) and age (date of birth 03-09-1918), shows his height and weight (5-08, 180 lbs), and gives his address (the off-shore South Carolina island, Murrells Inlet).
[along with]
A gold badge (also expired) issued by the State of South Carolina identifying Spillane as a "Security Officer." Both items are housed in a custom-made leather wallet. A certificate of provenance issued by Spillane's widow, Jane, is also present. Fine.
A defining piece of realia that validates the implicatory title of the author's first book, "I, The Jury," whose sales number in the millions. Mike Hammer's real-life license to kill indeed.  (24744)       






Ralph B. Sipper and Carol Sipper established Joseph The Provider/Books, an internationally known rare-book firm in 1970.  Since 1996 he has been conducting business under his own name.  He is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and has served on that organization's board of governors.  The business papers, correspondence, and professional writings of Ralph Sipper repose at Indiana University's Lilly Library. 



Interview with Ralph Sipper for the Dictionary of Literary Biography: acrobat


Published essays and book reviews: acrobat