Sanford, John. (Pseudonym of Julian Shapiro). SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN. New York: Knopf, 1939. First edition. 8vo. This copy is inscribed by the author: "With this book I began the historical insertions. John Sanford, 19 Aug. '82." The inscription refers to Sanford's incorporation of factual events in American history into his novels -- a literary device that earned him the highest of critical praise. Hardcover. Fine in a fine, unfaded example of the scarce dust jacket.



shaneSchaefer, Jack. SHANE. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1949. First edition of the author's first book. 8vo. A highlight of Western literature and the source for the 1953 movie classic of the same name, but in a hitherto unknown proof jacket that depicts the Shane character standing in a saloon, his back to Wilson, the hired gun, who is ready to draw on him. Shane's hands hang loosely within easy reach of his gun holsters. The published jacket shows only Shane's head and comprises the entire front panel. The Houghton Mifflin archive at Harvard conclusively documents which of the two jackets precedes. A July 11, 1949, letter to Schaefer from the editorial department states: "I managed to get hold of a rough proof of the jacket and have been warned by the art department that this jacket is being remade and possibly the head will be bigger." A subsequent letter to the author, dated August 18, 1949, conveys a proof copy of the published jacket which Schaefer, in a letter dated August 23, 1949, commends: "Thanks for the proof of the new jacket for Shane ... an improvement over the first one." [N.B. We disagree with the author's assessment; chacun a son gout]. None of the leading modern literature dealers we polled had previously encountered the proof jacket. Rare and possibly unique. Hardcover. Fine in a fine example of the wraparound dust jacket (lightly sunned at the spine) and housed in a custom-made leather clamshell box. [along with] A spectacular copy of the first edition in a spectacular example of the published dust jacket.




Schulberg, Budd. WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN? Schulberg, Budd. WHAT MAKES SAMMY RUN? New York: Random House, [1941]. First edition of the author's first book. 8vo. This copy is inscribed in the year of publication by Schulberg to theater producer Viola Rubber. On anyone's short list of defining Hollywood novels. Hardcover. Fine in a fine, unfaded, first issue dust jacket with but a tiny fingernail-sized indentation on the front panel to mitigate its otherwise exceptional condition.  








Smith, Betty. A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN. New York: Harper & Brothers, [1943]. First edition. 8vo. The source for the 1945 film directed by Elia Kazan (his first). A lovely copy in a fine dust jacket of this poorly manufactured title. Rare thus. 








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)


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[Movies] Stanwyck, Barbara. A LUSH VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE ACTRESS (11" x 14"). The image shows a young Stanwyck with her face resting on one arm so that her coquettish pose is in profile. The photograph is inscribed: "For Al Green -- in eternal gratitude for your grand direction. Kindest regards to you always, Barbara Stanwyck." Alfred E. Green, a veteran movie director whose career spanned both the silent and talkies eras, directed Stanwyck in the movie adaptation of Willa Cather's "A Lost Lady," which was filmed in 1934. A noble and defining image that evokes Hollywood's Golden Age. Fine. 






Steinbeck, John. THE GRAPES OF WRATH. New York: Viking Press, [1939]. Fifth edition, published one month after the first edition. 8vo. One of ten leatherbound presentation copies signed on a tipped-in colophon page by Steinbeck. The history of this rare and largely unknown special edition is spelled out by Jackson Benson in his definitive 1984 biography of Steinbeck. At the time, the now-famous author (430,000 copies printed and the movie rights sold in 1939) though of liberal bent, was loath to lend his name to leftist causes. (Down the line he would campaign vigorously and compose speeches for Adlai Stevenson's 1950s presidential campaigns.) Benson writes: "The other, most important, exception that he made to his rule was the 'John Steinbeck Committee' formed by Helen Gahagan Douglas and other Hollywood celebrities to raise money for migrant relief. To aid their cause, he had ten copies of 'Grapes' leather bound with an extra page tipped into the front that said, 'This book, one of an edition of ten, made and bound at the request of John Steinbeck for presentation to ------.' After the books were auctioned off at a banquet, he filled in the name of the purchaser and signed his own." This copy was presented on the colophon page: "Mr. & Mrs. Edward G. Robinson / inscribed with great pleasure / John Steinbeck." The film star, then at his professional zenith, contributed more than $250,000 (in 75-year-old dollars) to 850 causes and charitable groups between 1939 and 1949. Thus, a splendid association copy between two notable political activists. More compelling, these ten copies constitute the only limited and signed edition of an enduring literary and film classic. The 1940 movie earned director John Ford and actress Jane Darwell Academy Awards. Not in Goldstone & Payne. Hardcover. Fine. 




Steinbeck, John. THEIR BLOOD IS STRONG. San Francisco: Simon J. Lubin Society of California, [1938]. First edition, first issue. 8vo. With the Dorothea Lange photograph of a migrant mother breastfeeding her child adorning the front wrapper, a redoubtable image appropriated in literary form in "The Grapes Of Wrath," which was published in the next year. Helen Hosmer, a principal of the Lubin Society, remembered in a published interview that the first issue consisted of but 100 copies. Fine. Pictorial wrappers.