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Macdonald, Ross. (Pseudonym of Kenneth Millar). MEET ME AT THE MORGUE Macdonald, Ross. (Pseudonym of Kenneth Millar). MEET ME AT THE MORGUE by John Ross Macdonald (variant pseudonym). New York: Knopf, 1953. First edition. 8vo. The dedication copy, inscribed to his in-laws, Clarence and Dorothy Schlagel, by the author: "Affectionately, Ken (John Ross Mac Skullbones)." "Skullbones" refers to a frontal ex-ray of Macdonald's skull, sent by him to the publisher in lieu of an authorial photograph (see "Ross Macdonald: A Biography" by Tom Nolan, page 1420). The photograph was taken by Dorothy Schlagel, who was a nurse, and her photo credit appears on the rear inside panel of the dust jacket. A unique and obviously desirable copy. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket that evinces the minutest of wear.

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Macdonald, Ross. (Pseudonym of Kenneth Millar). THE GALTON CASEMacdonald, Ross. (Pseudonym of Kenneth Millar). THE GALTON CASE. New York: Knopf, 1959. First edition. 8vo. This copy is inscribed by Macdonald in the month of publication to Marshall McLuhan: "With memories of a summer I wish we could repeat. Affectionately Ken." McLuhan was a visiting professor in 1958 and Macdonald gave him a typescript of "The Galton Case" to read. McLuhan subsequently wrote to Macdonald: "Hey, Ken Millar, you've done a doughty deed and no botch in this Galton case ... can't ever remember this Oedipal reversal in a detective ever." An outstanding association copy linking two Canadian intellectual innovators. Hardcover. Fine in a fine, unfaded dust jacket that shows ever-so-light use.

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Macdonald, Ross. Two Expansive 1953 TLS to painter and dust jacket illustrator Don Freeman. The letters, sent from Santa Barbara where Freeman and his family formerly resided are newsy and affectionate, reflecting the mood of one now separated from a close friend. Macdonald reports the progress of his current writing as well as that of his wife, the mystery novelist Margaret Millar. He also writes at length about his teenage daughter, reports on what he is currently reading, touches on his reaction to national politics during the Eisenhower era, and tells of a lecture on the detective novel that he delivered at his alma mater, the University of Michigan. "I took the mystery book back to Poe and tried to explain its purpose, and why it's become a dominant modern form. Nobody heckled, anyway." Some 1500 words in all that indelibly form a vivid picture of the forty-year-old novelist, thinker, and friend. Fine.

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Macdonald, Ross. (Pseudonym of Kenneth Millar). THE ZEBRA-STRIPED HEARSEMacdonald, Ross. (Pseudonym of Kenneth Millar). THE ZEBRA-STRIPED HEARSE. New York: Knopf, 1962. First edition. 8vo. This copy is inscribed by Macdonald, two months prior to the novel's publicaton, to Marshall McLuhan and his wife: "Santa Barbara Sept. 29, 1962. For Marshall and Corinne with love (and admiration for Gutenberg Galaxy!) Ken." Later, Macdonald wrote to his friend and fellow intellectual: "Gutenberg Galaxy is so good that it changes experience and the look of objects, e.g. the Gutenberg Bible which I recently looked at at the Huntington, but also current objects." A delectable association copy. Hardcover. Fine in a just-about-fine dust jacket.

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Mailer, Norman. First Draft Screenplay For "KING LEAR.". Los Angeles: Cannon Films, May 28, 1986. Screenplay. 4to. The 1987 film was directed by Jean-Luc Godard, who declined to use the Mailer screenplay, apparently because in Mailer's version the title character is a Mafioso named Don Learo, who visits a Swiss resort with his daughter to interact with a descendant of William Shakespeare. As part of the initial deal with Godard, Mailer was to star as Don Learo along with his daughter Kate who was to be cast as Cordelia. Fine and unpublished. Blue studio wrappers. 

 

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Mailer, Norman. THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG. Beverly Hills: Lawrence Schiller Productions, August 1, 1981. Screenplay. Small 4to. 150 pages. The earliest draft of Mailer's movie adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Bradbound in green studio wrappers
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A second draft bound in blue wrappers, dated August 15, 1981, that has been considerably augmented. 186 pages. Both copies fine. Studio wrappers. 

 

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Mailer, Norman. THE WHITE NEGRO. San Francisco: City Lights Books, [1958]. First edition. The correct first edition (with 35-cent price on front cover). Pictorial wrappers. 8vo. A provocative social and literary document that advanced controversial opinions -- notably the notion that rape may be regarded as a political act. Laid into this copy is a signed color photograph of Mailer, who somberly regards the camera. Fine. Pictorial wrappers.

 

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McAlmon, Robert. THE PORTRAIT OF A GENERATION. Paris: Contact Editions, [1926]. First edition. 8vo. One of 10 press-numbered, hardbound copies. The rest of the edition consisted of 190 softbound copies. Printed at the Three Mountains Press by Maurice Darantiere. The volume consists of McAlmon's collected poems. Fine without dust jacket as issued. Hardcover. 

 

 

 

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Merrill, James. JIM'S BOOKMerrill, James. JIM'S BOOK: A Collection Of Poems And Stories. New York: Privately Printed, 1942. First edition of the author's first book. 8vo. Published by Merrill's father in an edition of about 200 copies when his son was but sixteen years old. This copy is inscribed by Merrill in the form of a quatrain: "Dear Ted, Beware! Don't turn the page / or dream of reading at your age / these jottings by a rose-lipt lad / who once drove men of forty mad -- Jimmy. 19.ix.91." Laid into the book is an autograph postcard from Merrill: "Dear Ted -- I can't resist (and how you could I can't imagine) adding the last line to your clever little verse: "They had to ask for pearls! Ah well. Boys will be girls. Back from Missouri exhausted. But see you soon. Love, Jimmy." Also laid in are an early draft of a Merrill poem, "Pearl," on thermal fax paper that differs substantially from the published version and a copy of a written statement from Merrill's mother in which she lays out the history of "Jim's Book." Hardcover. Fine in the original unprinted glassine dust jacket as issued.

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Miller, Henry. AN HISTORIC EARLY PHOTOGRAPH OF THE AUTHOR. 9" x 12". [1931]. Taken by Brassai, whose photographs of the Parisian demi-monde documented Left Bank life at a time between the wars when American expatriatism was flourishing, and three years before the publication of "Tropic Of Cancer."
The image portrays the bespectacled author leaning against a doorway, his Borsalino fedora tilted rakishly, a half-smoked cigarette between his fingers, in sober repose.
The photograph, one of forty numbered silver prints, is signed by Brassai on the mat below the image, and on the verso bears his atelier stamp and his written words: "Henry Miller a Paris (1931)."
Miller's American publisher, John Martin of the Black Sparrow Press, acquired the photograph some decades later and had his author inscribe it to him: "To John Martin -- Henry Miller."
Brassai met the American author soon after Miller bolted New York for Paris. The two men were part of a bohemian group that included Anais Nin, Lawrence Durrell, Alfred Perles, and Michael Fraenkel, who was the model for Boris in "Tropic Of Cancer," which was published three years after this photograph was taken. Fine and framed under museum glass.  A lovely juxtaposition of considerable literary and photographical importance. 

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Miller, Henry. MONEY AND HOW IT GETS THAT WAY. Paris: Booster Publications, [1938]. First edition. 12mo. Published in an edition of 495 copies -- Shifreen & Jackson A18A. This copy bears Miller's holograph limitation and copyright statements on the verso facing the title page: "First published September 1938 / Edition limited to 495 copies / Copyright by the author in all countries including greater and lesser Germany, Japan and Soviet Russia." Most copies lack the statement. This non-fiction circumlocution on currency was inspired by Ezra Pound, to whom this book is dedicated. Fine. Printed wrappers. 

 

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millerMiller, Henry. NIGHTS OF LOVE AND LAUGHTER. New York: New American Library / Signet, [1955]. First edition. 16mo. With a rococo introduction by Kenneth Rexroth that charts Miller's place in world literature with the precision of a global positioning system. A paperback original. Pictorial wrappers. Fine

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Mitchell, Joseph. MY EARS ARE BENT. New York: Sheridan House, [1938]. First edition of the author's first book. 8vo. With a droll frontispiece photograph of Mitchell, who is sitting in a chair with newspapers strewn around his bare feet, one of which completely obscures his face. Mitchell, along with A.J. Liebling and St. Clair McKelway, would become a New Yorker star of the first rank during the magazine's heyday. His carefully limned portraits of New York low-life institutions (McSorley's Tavern) and individuals (Joe Gould and his putative oral history of the world) earned him critical praise as well as imitators. A resplendent copy in a bright dust jacket of a poorly made book that is about as common as a benevolent heart within the ranks of rare-book dealers. Hardcover. 

 

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(Movies) Monroe, Marilyn. THE MARILYN MONROE STORY by Joe Franklin and Laurie Palmer. New York: Rudolph Field, [1953]. First edition. 8vo. The first published book on Monroe with 39 sparkling photographs of the then-young Norma Jeane Mortenson in the early stages of her career. Laid into this copy is a 1979 sepia postcard photograph of the Brentwood house in which Monroe died in 1962. An absolutely beautiful copy of this cheaply-produced paperback original. Pictorial wrappers.

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Morrison, Toni. THE BLUEST EYEMorrison, Toni. THE BLUEST EYE. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, [1970]. First edition of the author's first book. 8vo. Morrison, born Chloe Anthony Wofford, has long been a literary all-star, the recipient of numerous awards including the Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, a widely respected master of language, and a best-selling author. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 

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[Movies]. Ford, John. JOHN FORD'S STOCK COMPANY by Wolf-Eckhart Buhler. Munich: Schmalfilmvertrieb, [1972]. First edition. 8vo. A 56-page study (in German) of the actors who comprised Ford's repertory company that takes up the entire January, 1972, issue of Filmkritik. Illustrated with photographs of the 77 actors under discussion. We have never encountered another copy. Fine. Pictorial wrappers.

 

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[Movies]. Jolson, Al. [Born as Asa Yoelson]. A LOVELY SIGNED VINTAGE STUDIO PHOTOGRAPH of a youthful Jolson. 7" x 9". Taken well before the 1930s when the singer was the world's most famous and highest-paid entertainer. A serene image that belies the brash, extroverted image he would later cultivate. Fine. 

 

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[Music]. Gershwin, George. BANK CHECK in the amount of $100 made out to George Gershwin by music publisher Harms, Inc. March 7, 1924. Boldly endorsed by the composer on the blank side. Fine.

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[Music - Jazz]. Ellington, Duke. A Vintage Postcard-Sized PHOTOGRAPH of a youthful Ellington who poses with raised baton in anticipation of leading his orchestra. The postcard is date-marked October 26, 1931, and is inscribed by the Duke to Bill Kelly and signed D.E. A fine likeness of Ellington, who was then at his peak as a composer and jazz musician. Fine.

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