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1 ABBEY, EDWARD The Brave Cowboy
Salt Lake City/Santa Barbara Dream Garden Press/Santa Teresa Press 1993 
Limited Edition. Presentation Copy, so stated on the colophon, one of 500 deluxe numbered copies signed by Kirk Douglas, who has written an introductory essay. Also with a signed inscription by Kirk Douglas to Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer on the front free endpaper: “For Brian Grazer, When I was a young producer like you, I bought the rights to this novel to make Lonely Are the Brave, my favorite film. Read it, you'll like it. With thanks for Greedy. Kirk Douglas, 1994. P.S. I don't send you the books I write, I expect you to buy them.” Mr. Douglas's inscription refers to the film Greedy which was produced by Grazer and starred Douglas and Michael J. Fox. Kirk Douglas produced and starred in the 1962 motion picture adaptation of the novel released as Lonely Are the Brave, and the book is illustrated with photographs from the film. As new in dust jacket. The book is printed on acid-free paper and bound in full linen. This is the definitive edition of The Brave Cowboy containing all of Abbey's final corrections and additions. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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2 BACKUS, JIM & HENNY Backus Strikes Back. Foreword by George Burns
New York Stein & Day 1984 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the authors, Jim and Henny Backus: “To Angus Dumas, Thank you - it was all there. Jim Backus. You Bet! Again thanks & love, Henny Backus.” Illustrated. Very good plus copy with a hint of use in a used and dust soiled dust jacket with some minor spotting and a few short tears. Jim Backus was a veteran of stage, vaudeville, radio, film and television - the medium in which he is best remembered for being the voice of the cartoon character Mr. Magoo, and for his portrayal of Mr. Howell on Gilligan's Island, as well as for his work on the popular series I Married Joan and The Jim Backus Show and was the father of James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. His wife, Henny (Henriette Kay), co-starred with him on the television series Blondie and co-wrote with him Rocks on the Roof, What Are You Doing After the Orgy?, and Only When I Laugh. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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3 BARRYMORE, JOHN & ALMA POWERS-WATER John Barrymore. The Legend and the Man - By Alma Powers-Water
New York Julian Messner 1941 
First Edition. Inscribed and signed by actor John Barrymore to fellow actor Hans Conried presented to him five months before Barrymore's passing: “To Hans Conried - with sincerest good wishes to a fine artist, John Barrymore, 9 iv ‘41.” This was John Barrymore's own copy with his large engraved bookplate which is a striking design by Barrymore himself with his initials at the bottom showing the masks of comedy and tragedy, entwined in a thorny tree with flowing banners reading: “John Barrymore - Ex Libris” beneath which is a pen and an artist's brush. Beneath this is Conried's own bookplate printed in crimson and a caricature vignette of Conried. Hans Conried is best remembered for his leading role in the classic Dr. Seuss fantasy film The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T as well as his portrayal of Uncle Tonoose on The Danny Thomas Show. This book is a 282 page biography of Barrymore, and is very rare inscribed by him since it appeared just shortly before his death. Laid in is a special yellow printed card for the John Barrymore estate auction which “Entitles the Bearer to Seat in RESERVED SECTION at Auction of the Precious Possessions of John Barrymore - Deceased - Outstanding Star of Stage and Screen, Monday and Tuesday, August 24 and 25 [1943], 3123 West Eighth Street, Los Angeles - J.J. Sugarman - Randolph Co., Auctioneers.” Some interesting notes on Barrymore written by Conried on the rear endpapers, very good in a very good lightly chipped dust jacket. 
Price: 3000.00 USD
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4 BEACH, REX E The Spoilers
New York Harper 1906 
First Edition of the Author's First Book. Inscribed and signed by the author: “To David Powers with best wishes, Rex Beach.” Near fine bright clean copy. Scarce in such a nice copy. Adapted into films a remarkable five times, perhaps the most famous is the 1942 version with John Wayne and Randolph Scott in a spectacular saloon fight. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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5 BERNHARD, SANDRA Love, Love, and Love
New York HarperCollins 1993 
First Edition. Boldly signed by the author, Sandra Bernhard on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. A collection of memoir, fiction, and social, political, and personal commentary from actress, comedian, and vocal stylist, Sandra Bernhard. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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6 BERSTL, JULIUS & BEN KINGSLEY Kean - The Imaginary Memoirs of an Actor
New York Orion Press 1962 
First Edition. Signed by actor Ben Kingsley who played Edmund Kean in a solo play of the same name on Broadway in 1983. Illustrated. Near fine copy with the barest suggestion of edge wear in a lightly used dust jacket with some dust soiling, minor rubbing, and some small chips and tears. The biography of the English stage actor, Edmund Kean (1787 - 1833), who is regarded as one of the greatest actors who ever lived, known for his brilliant interpretations of Shakespeare's works, including Richard III, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, and King Lear. Ben Kingsley has enjoyed a dynamic and diverse career as an actor, appearing in such acclaimed films as Schindler's List, Sexy Beast, House of Sand and Fog, Oliver Twist, Searching for Bobby Fischer, and Gandhi for which he won an Oscar in 1982 for Best Actor for his portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year's Eve Honors List in 2001. 
Price: 165.00 USD
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7 BREWER, GENE K-PAX - A Novel
New York St. Martin's Press 1995 
First Edition, First Printing. Signed and inscribed by Gene Brewer to film's the film's credited script supervisor on the film version of the novel starring Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges. Inscribed: “To Karen ____. with thanks and my best wishes, Gene Brewer, 11-20-00.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Further details about the film association upon request. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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8 CARLSON, PAUL How to Draw Mr. Magoo
Los Angeles UPA Productions of America 1973 
First Edition. Paperbound, oblong format, 11” x 8 1/2”. With the blindstamp of actor Jim Backus and his wife, Henny. A ‘how to' guide to drawing the beloved Mr. Magoo cartoon character. With some pencil drawings and writing by Jim Backus at the rear of the book. Fine in printed wrappers. Jim Backus was a veteran of stage, vaudeville, radio, film and television - the medium in which he is best remembered for being the voice of the cartoon character Mr. Magoo, and for his portrayal of Mr. Howell on Gilligan's Island, as well as for his work on the popular series I Married Joan and The Jim Backus Show. His wife, Henny (Henriette Kay), co-starred with him on the television series Blondie and co-wrote with him Rocks on the Roof, What Are You Doing After the Orgy?, and Only When I Laugh. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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9 CARROLL, WILLARD & THE WIZARD OF OZ I, Toto. The Autobiography of Terry, the Dog Who Was Toto (ISBN: 9781584791119 / 978-1-58479-111-9)
New York Stewart, Tabori & Chang 2001 
Signed by Toto the Dog and the author, Willard Carroll. Carroll has signed the book and Toto has signed with a purple ink pawprint: “All the best from [large dog paw purple ink stamp] and me! Willard Carroll.” As new copy without dust jacket as issued. The remarkable and charming story of the life and cinematic career of the little cairn terrier named Terry who starred alongside Judy Garland in the film classic ‘The Wizard of Oz' as her beloved pet Toto. With much information about his relationship with his trainer, Carl Spitz, who took her in after she had been abandoned. The discovery of Terry's ‘diary' is just as extraordinary as the story itself, having been uncovered, tucked inside a metal tin, by the author, Willard Carroll, on the construction site of a freeway expansion in Los Angeles that had once been a pet cemetery and the final resting place of dear Terry. Carroll writes in his introduction: “It was mid-afternoon when I found myself sitting in my car on Riverside Drive with that metal box in my hands. A box that contained something every bit as incredible as L. Frank Baum's original story. For, inside that metal box was a leather-bound book. A scrapbook. And on the cover of the book were the words: “I, Toto.” Amazingly, what I held in my hands was the scrapbook of a movie star. But not just any movie star. It was a book of memories kept throughout a career by...a tiny dog.” The story unfolds in a diary format with additional text by Carroll, and is illustrated throughout with drawings, photographs, and stills from Terry's many films, including Bright Eyes with Shirley Temple, Dark Angel with Frederic March and Merle Oberon, Fury with Spencer Tracy, The Women with Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford, The Buccaneer directed by Cecil B. DeMille, and, of course, his most famous film The Wizard of Oz. As Terry recalls about preparing for his role as Toto in The Wizard of Oz, she reveals the essential qualities she shares with any other successful actress, human or otherwise: “Over the next few days, one script after another was delivered to Mr. Carl [Spitz]. He just put them on the stack with the others by the fireplace. ‘We'll wait for the one that says final shooting script. No sense you learning something that won't be in the picture.' There was one thing, though, that remained constant in every draft - Dorothy and Toto. No matter how many writers take a stab at the movie, Dorothy and Toto remain. And the closer we got to production, the more I realized - and I don't mean this to sound full of myself - but this ‘Wizard of Oz' story? IT'S ALL ABOUT ME!!! I have the closest relationship of anyone to Dorothy. I'm why she runs away from home. And why she does all sorts of things to save me from something called a Wicked Witch. I'M IN ALMOST EVERY SCENE IN THE BLESSED PICTURE!!!” 
Price: 300.00 USD
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10 ELLISON, JAMES W Finding Forrester. A Novel by James W. Ellison. Based on the Screenplay by Mike Rich (ISBN: 1557044791)
New York Newmarket Press 2000 
First Edition. Paperbound. Signed and inscribed by the author James W. Ellison: “Josh, May all your wishes come true. James Ellison.” Novelization issued to coincide with the release of the Sean Connery starring film, Finding Forrester, directed by Gus Van Sant, co-starring Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham, Anna Paquin, and Busta Rhymes. Very good slightly used copy with some creasing to the spine and a touch of edge wear in printed wrappers. The front cover is illustrated with the images of actors Sean Connery and Rob Brown which were used in the promotional poster for the film. ‘Finding Forrester' tells the story of a young gifted inner-city African American young man (Brown), who receives a basketball scholarship to an exclusive Manhattan school where he develops an unlikely friendship with a reclusive writer (Connery), thus fostering his true dream for a career as an author. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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11 FERRIS, WALTER Death Takes a Holiday. A Comedy in Three Acts by Walter Ferris. Based on a Play of the Same Title by Alberto Casella
New York Samuel French 1930 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy from Walter Ferris, inscribed by the author: “To Miriam's Mother, with sincere regards, Walter Ferris.” Near fine copy with a bit of edge wear without dust jacket. The basis of the 1934 film starring Frederic March and Evelyn Venable, as well as the more contemporary film, Meet Joe Black, starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. 
Price: 475.00 USD
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12 FOOTE, HORTON The Chase
New York Rinehart 1956 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy from Horton Foote, inscribed by the author: “For H.J. Patrick Emerson with all good wishes, Horton Foote.” Usual slight tanning of pages, else near fine with the upper left corner of the rear board slightly bumped and torn without dust jacket.This play version was published by Foote four years before he wrote the story as a novel under the same title. The basis of the motion picture depicting a bigoted Texas town and starring Marlon Brando, Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, and Robert Duvall, directed by Arthur Penn with a screenplay by Lillian Hellman. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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13 FORD, JOHN, JOHN WAYNE, & ALAN LE MAY The Searchers - A Novel by Alan Le May
New York Harper 1954 
First Edition. One of 800 special copies signed by the author Alan Le May for “friends of the author and the publisher in the book trade” Stamped five times with the stamp of Le May's Hollywood agent, H.N. Swanson. It was Swanson who sold the book to film director John Ford and producers Merian C. Cooper and C.V. Whitney. Very good copy without dust jacket. A classic western novel and the basis of film director John Ford's classic film starring John Wayne. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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14 FULLER, SAMUEL La Grande Melee (Battle Royal)
Paris Bourgois 1984 
First Edition - French of Fuller's novel Battle Royal. Signed presentation copy from Samuel Fuller with a comical self-portrait drawing by Fuller in blue ink of an amusing Fuller smoking a cigar (mimicking the cover photograph of Fuller), leaning against a wall, with stars circling ‘round his bandaged head. Inscribed by the author: “Lloyd - Hope you enjoy a pleasant bloody melee - now & then.” Text in French. Very good plus copy with some minor use in glossy printed wrappers. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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15 GEER, ANDREW The Sea Chase
New York Harper & Bros. 1948 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, Andrew Geer, to film director Allan Dwan: “For Allan - the ‘General' - with every good wish that the trail doesn't end with the Sands of Iwo Jima. Andy Geer.” Allan Dwan directed the 1949 World War II film The Sands of Iwo Jima, starring John Wayne (his first Oscar nominated performance), for which Lt. Col. Andrew Geer was a consultant. Near fine copy with a faint trace of edge wear to the cloth in a very good lightly used dust jacket with some small chips and tears and a hint of dust soiling. Allan Dwan (1885 - 1981) was one of the earliest Hollywood silent film directors and his impressive career in film spanned over 50 years with more than 400 films (in both silent film and talkies) to his credit, including While Paris Sleeps, Heidi, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Suez, and Frontier Marshall. John Wayne also starred in the 1955 film, The Sea Chase, which was written by James Warner Bellah, directed by John Farrow, and co-starred Lana Turner, David Farrar, Lyle Bettger, Tab Hunter, and James Arness. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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16 HANLEY, JAMES Stoker Haslett
London Joiner & Steele 1932 
First Edition. One of 350 numbered copies signed by the author, James Hanley. Near fine clean copy. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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17 HART, WILLIAM S My Life East and West. The Life Story of William S. Hart
Boston Houghton Mifflin 1929 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy from William S. Hart, inscribed by the author: “To Elmo Scott Jackson from William S. Hart, 1939.” Laid-in is a newspaper clipping of Hart's obituary with “Chicago Daily News, June 24, 1946” hand-written at the top edge. Illustrated. The frontispiece portrait of stage and film actor and director William S. Hart is a color painting by famed Western artist, Charles M. Russell, given to Hart by Russell as a gift, showing Hart on horseback riding through a desert landscape. The book has been rebacked. A lightly used and worn copy with some dust soiling and minor scuffing to the cloth and a bit of edge wear without dust jacket. The memoirs of actor, director William S. Hart best known for his popular Western films of the 20s with his final work Tumbleweeds being his greatest commercial and critical success. Listed in 100 Books on Hollywood and the Movies. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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18 HART, WILLIAM S The Law on Horseback and Other Stories
Los Angeles Times-Mirror 1935 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, William S. Hart in the year of publication: “For Miss Nichols with best wishes of William S. Hart. 1935.” With a frontispiece painting which is also the illustration on the front panel of the dust jacket by James Montgomery Flagg whose World War I “I Want You” Uncle Sam recruitment poster is internationally famous, and a black & white photograph of William S. Hart in Western wear on his Horseshoe Ranch. Near fine copy with some minor edge wear in a used and worn dust jacket with internal tape reinforcements, fading to the spine, dust soiling, and a few small and medium chips and tears. A collection of short stories with Western themes. Actor, director William S. Hart, is also known for his popular Western films of the 20s, with his final work, Tumbleweeds, being his greatest commercial and critical success. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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19 HART, WILLIAM S. and MARY E. HART And All Points West. Illustrations by James Montgomery Flagg
N.p. The Lacotah Press 1940 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy from William S. Hart, inscribed by the author: “To Grace & Adrienne, from William S. Hart.” With illustrations by James Montgomery Flagg whose World War I “I Want You” Uncle Sam recruitment poster is internationally famous. Two 1/2” spots to the foreedge, else near fine with a faint hint of edge wear in a very good dust jacket with a 2 3/4” x 1 1/4” piece at the bottom edge of the spine extending onto the front panel by 1”, and with a few small tears and tiny edge nicks. A novelization of the life and history of some of the more notorious and celebrated of Western legends, including the famous Marshall and gunman, Wild Bill Hickok. The front panel of the dust jacket and the frontispiece are illustrated with James Montgomery Flagg's painting “Oh, Bill, Bill! You're safe!” showing Wild Bill standing at a saloon bar, a gun in each hand, a pretty woman embracing him, and a startled bartender in the background. From the actor, director William S. Hart, best known for his popular Western films of the 20s, including the 1923 film Wild Bill Hickok, in which he starred in the title role, while also co-writing the screenplay with J.G. Hawks. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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20 HUSTON, JOHN An Open Book
New York Knopf 1995 
First Edition, First Printing. Signed and inscribed by John Huston to Karen Golden, the film script supervisor on John Huston's last film. The Dead” which was released posthumously. Inscribed: “To Karen, who is simply the best, John Huston, ‘The Dead', 12 Feb ‘87.” Creating ‘The Dead', adapted from the James Joyce short story, was John Huston's last labor of love. He directed the film from a wheelchair and using an oxygen tank, Huston managed to create his last masterwork which upon its release, after his passing, was universally acclaimed by critics. This copy signed on the set as indicated in the inscription is obviously one of the last copies of Huston's autobiography he inscribed. Signed on February 12th, Huston died only months later on August 28, 1987. Near fine in a lightly used dust jacket with a one inch tear to the bottom edge of the front panel and a 1/4 inch tear at the spine fold. Karen Golden's work as script supervisor includes such notable films as Casino, Pearl Harbor, The Rock, Texasville, Rising Sun, K-Pax, I Heart Huckabees, Transformers, Pirates of the Carribbean: At World's End, Silver Linings Playbook, etc. She has worked with such significant directors as John Huston, Martin Scorsese, Michael Bay, David O. Russell, Peter Bogdanovich, Kevin Costner, William Friedkin, Wolfgang Petersen, Robert Benton, Sam Raimi, etc. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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