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[Movies]. Welles, Orson. INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH[Movies]. Welles, Orson. INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH, 9" x 12 ". Circa 1951. A dramatic black and white image of Welles, theatrically posed in front of a movie set for his 1952 movie classic, "Othello," scowling in character as the tragic Moor. The inscription, penned in white ink against the dark background reads: "Dearest Dadda and Hazel: God willing this is the last Christmas in a long time -- we'll spend apart -- all my love always Orson." Maurice "Dadda" Bernstein was among the most important people in the life of Orson Welles, perhaps THE most important. He was the family's physician as well as a friend of the young Orson's parents, Richard and Beatrice. Berstein carried on a long-term sexual affair with Beatrice and after her death remained on friendly terms with her husband until Richard died. At that time Bernstein became Orson's legal guardian and controlled the boy's inherited fortune. More importantly, he was quick to recognize the potential genius of his ward. It was Dadda who presented the boy with formative gifts that were to prove crucial to his career: a miniature theater and a magic set.  Though their relationship was at time checkered (Welles would come to question Dadda's not-so-occasional appropriation of the funds he inherited upon attaining legal age) it is obvious that the two loved each other deeply -- as this photograph so graphically indicates. Matted and framed under museum glass. As fine an Orson Welles artifact as one may hope to find.

                                                                                                                                                                  

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Welty, Eudora. A CURTAIN OF GREEN. Garden City: Doubleday, 1941. First edition of the author's first book. 8vo. A volume of stories, preceded only by a promotional pamphlet. This copy is signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket that evinces little of the spine-sunning endemic to the jacket. Housed in a custom-made chemise and slipcase. Hardcover. 

 

 

 

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Williams, Oscar. (Editor and Contributor). NEW POEMS 1942: An Anthology of British and American Verse. Mount Vernon: Peter Pauper, 1942. First edition. 8vo. One of 32 contributors' copies, each signed by all the poets, including W.H. Auden, Robert Penn Warren, Robinson Jeffers, Randall Jarrell, Wallace Stevens, Dylan Thomas, Marianne Moore and others. This is Oscar Williams's copy. An all-star lineup of Twentieth Century super-poets. Hardcover. Unusually fine in a specially designed clamshell box -- a decided improvement on the flimsy cardboard publisher's box which rarely survives.  

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Williams, William Carlos. THE TEMPERS. London: Elkin Mathews, 1913. First edition of the poet's first regularly published book. 18mo. There was no American edition of this title. Preceded only by the poet's privately published "Poems" (Rutherford, NJ, 1909) of which but some ten copies are known. This copy is signed by Williams in his post-stroke hand. Hardcover. Fine. Housed in a custom-made quarter-leather slipcase.

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Wilson, Edmund. AXEL'S CASTLEWilson, Edmund. AXEL'S CASTLE. New York: Scribner's, 1931. First edition. 8vo.  Laid in is a 1949 TLS (with a holograph postscript) on The New Yorker letterhead from Wilson to playwright Garson Kanin.  He is sending a page from his play for Kanin's comments. Hardcover. A spectacular copy -- truly fine and in a fine dust jacket -- of the critic's masterwork and Connolly 100 title (#71).

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[Movies] Wilson, Harry Leon. MERTON OF THE MOVIES. New York: Doubleday, Page, 1922. First edition. 8vo. This copy is boldly and calligraphically inscribed: “To Harold Davis with the cordial regards of Harry Leon Wilson. Carmel, Calif. October 1922.” Among the most notable of Hollywood novels and cited as such by Lawrence Clark Powell, who regards this title as: “The best of all novels about the movies.”  Filmed twice (in 1924 and1947) and adapted into a hit Broadway play by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly shortly after book publication. Fine in a fine, indeed flawless, dust jacket, the likes of which conceivably exists – but go find one. Housed in a quarter morocco slipcase and matching chemise.

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