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1 BENCHLEY, ROBERT Original Printed Contract for Robert Benchley's Film, “‘The Courtship of the Newt” Hand-Signed by Robert Benchley
Los Angeles Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2 pages, 11 x 8 1ŕ2 inches, August 10, 1938 
Printed and typed MGM contract handsigned in ink “Robert Benchley”, 11” x 8 1ŕ2.” File holes at top, Robert Benchley sells all of the rights to his short film to MGM. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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2 BLOCH, ROBERT The Couch
Greenwich, CT Gold Medal 1962 
First Edition. Paperback original. Signed by the author, Robert Bloch. A novelization of the screenplay written by Bloch for the Warner Brothers film from an original story by Blake Edwards and Owen Crump. Very good in wrappers with one small tear to rear cover and a light crease. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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3 BROYLES, WILLIAM, JR Brothers in Arms. A Journey From War to Peace
New York Knopf 1986 
First Edition. From the library of novelist Kent Anderson signed by him with his ownership signature. Fine in a fine fresh dust jacket. Kent Anderson wrote the classic Vietnam War novel, Sympathy For the Devil (1987), considered one of the key books in Vietnam War literature. He went to Vietnam in 1969, where he served as a Sergeant in the Special Forces Green Beret. His service earned him the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars, one with Oakleaf Cluster for valor. While not supporting the war philosophically, he certainly was and is an ardent supporter of his fellow veterans. After his tour in Vietnam he was a uniformed police officer in Portland, Oregon and in Oakland, California. These experiences formed the basis of Night Dogs, his acclaimed novel of the intensity of police life. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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4 CASTLE, WILLIAM & ROBERT JOSEPH Hero's Oak. Introduction by Orson Welles
New York Readers Press 1945 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy inscribed by the author, : “For Peggy, ‘Big oaks from ? grow' Very fondly, Bill. Nov. 17, 46. And if you don't understand this turn to page 58. B.C.” On page 58 Castle has underlined “she was beautiful and breathtaking.” Pages browned as usual. Very good in a dust jacket with a couple of internal and external repairs, and a few tiny chips. A novel by William Castle who went on to be the great director of gimmick related horror or exploitation films of the 1950s. Scarce in dust jacket, especially inscribed. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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5 COLLINS, JACKIE American Star (ISBN: 0671666258 / 0-671-66625-8)
New York Simon & Schuster 1993 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy by by the author, Jackie Collins to film and theater producer Allan Carr, inscribed: “Dear Allan, I miss & love you. Have fun with Nick Angel! [the superstar actor in the novel] XXX's, Jackie. April 1993.” Allan Carr was the flamboyant Hollywood and Broadway producer of such film and stage productions as Grease, La Cage Aux Folles (for which he won a Tony Award), Can't Stop the Music, etc. Before becoming a producer he managed the careers of The Village People, Peter Sellers, Cass Elliot, Herb Alpert, Melina Mercouri, Peggy Lee, Marlo Thomas, Dyan Cannon, Paul Anka, and others. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a minor scratch on the front panel. 
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6 CRAIG, EDWARD GORDON Index to the Story of My Days. Some Memoirs 1872-1907
New York Viking Press 1957 
First Edition - American. With a presentation gift inscription signed by the author, actor, film director actor,writer Orson Welles to writer Fletcher Markle inscribed: “For Fletcher from Orson with his love.” Illustrated. Fine in dust jacket. Welles' autograph is very scarce in book form. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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7 DIVINE, DAVID Boy on a Dolphin
London John Murray 1955 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy from David Divine to his literary agent Dorothy Olding of Harold Ober Associates, inscribed by the author: “To Dorothy Olding, with my grateful thanks. David.” Also signed “David Divine” on the title page. Near fine opy with some darkening along the edges in a very good dust jacket with some darkening to the spine and some chipping and small tears. Basis of the motion picture directed by Jean Negulesco, starring Alan Ladd, Clifton Webb, and Sophia Loren (in her U.S. film debut). 
Price: 275.00 USD
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8 FOWLES, JOHN The French Lieutenant's Woman
Boston Little Brown 1969 
First Edition - American. Inscribed and signed by the author, John Fowles, to fellow writer, Wayne Warga. Inscribed: “Wayne Warga, With my fond best wishes and regret these are never met. John Fowles. Los Angeles, 17.xi.1969.” Very good lightly used copy with some slight dampstaining and fading to the cloth at the top and bottom of the spine and outer edges, with a 2” x 1 1/2” faint spot at the bottom edge of the rear board near the spine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with a few very slight rubbed spots and couple of very tiny edge nicks. The basis of the film starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons, with a screenplay by Harold Pinter. From the library of journalist and novelist Wayne Warga. The youngest editor at Life Magazine at age 25, Warga reported on John F. Kennedy's race for the Presidency, and went on to cover the Civil Rights movement for the magazine. For many years, Warga was one of the leading writers at the Los Angeles Times where he did in depth articles and features on writers and people in the arts. Later, Warga became a mystery novelist, creating three well-received bibliomysteries: Hardcover, Fatal Impressions, and Singapore Transfer, featuring Los Angeles rare book dealer, Jeffrey Dean. 
Price: 550.00 USD
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9 HARRER, HEINRICH Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer. Translated by Richard Graves
New York Dutton 1954 
First Edition - American. Signed by the author. Signed twice by Heinrich Harrer; once as “H. Harrer” and again in Tibetan. Illustrated with 40 pages of photographs. Very good with minor offsetting to the endpapers and some slight fading to the spine in a very good lightly used and dust soiled dust jacket with some fading to the spine, but with front panel still very bright. Classic study of the Tibetan religious leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the basis of the film starring Brad Pitt. 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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10 HILTON, JAMES Good-bye, Mr. Chips
Boston Little Brown 1935 
Special “Birthday Edition.” One of 600 special deluxe copies signed by the author, James Hilton, and H.M. Brock, the illustrator. Very fine bright lovely copy in the plain glassine dust jacket which is fully intact and untorn. Enclosed in the publisher's original slipcase with some minor dust soiling. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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11 KANIN, GARSON Blow Up a Storm
New York Random House 1959 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy inscribed by the author, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and film director Garson Kanin to film and television actor Arthur Hill and his wife, inscribed: “For Peggy & Arthur with love, Gar, 1959.” Near fine lightly used copy in a very good lightly dust soiled dust jacket with some fading to the spine. Garson Kanin's work as a film director includes such memorable films as Adam's Rib, The Marrying Kind, Pat and Mike, and many more. Arthur Hill starred in the film version of Michael Crichton's provocative novel The Andromeda Strain and also appeared in Futureworld which was based upon an original screen story by Crichton and was the sequel to Westworld which Crichton directed. In addition to his acclaimed title role in the popular TV series Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, Arthur Hill has appeared in numerous motion pictures including Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes (as the narrator), A Little Romance with Laurence Olivier, The Killer Elite directed by Sam Peckinpah, Rabbit, Run based upon John Updike's best-selling novel also starring James Caan and Carrie Snodgrass, The Chairman, Petulia, Harper with Paul Newman and Lauren Bacall, and many more. 
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12 KAUFMAN, GEORGE S., MORRIE RYSKIND, & JAMES KEVIN MCGUINNESS A Night At the Opera. Screenplay by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind. Story by James Kevin McGuinness
New York Viking 1972 
First Edition. Signed by the author Morrie Ryskind. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Issued largely as a trade paperback, this is one of the small quantity issued hardbound. The shooting script is illustrated with stills. Rare signed by Ryskind. Morrie Ryskind co-wrote a number of plays and screenplays with George S. Kaufman, including The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers for the Marx Brothers, and Strike Up the Band, Let ‘Em Eat Cake, and Stage Door, as well as collaborating with the Gershwins on Of Thee I Sing, for which they won a Pulizter Prize in 1931. In addition Morrie Ryskind wrote the screenplay for the Marx's Room Service. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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13 KOSINSKI, JERZY The Quotations of Chauncey Gardiner
Los Angeles United Artists 1980 
First Edition. Inscribed and signed by the author, Jerzy Kosinski, to fellow writer Wayne Warga and his wife. Inscribed: “For Carol and Wayne, with much thought, Jerzy, Feb. 1980.” 24 pages. Paperbound. Fine. Written by Kosinski at the time of the release of the film adaptation of his novel, Being There, starring Peter Sellers as Chauncey Gardiner, and sent out to a small group of film reviewers and motion picture industry figures. The piece starts with a mockup of the front page of the Washington relating the election of Chauncey Gardiner, then the book is a series of sayings by Chauncey Gardiner and each is illustrated by Arsen Roje with amusing drawings of Peter Sellers in the role. Very scarce. From the library of journalist and novelist Wayne Warga. The youngest editor at Life Magazine at age 25, Warga reported on John F. Kennedy's race for the Presidency, and went on to cover the Civil Rights movement for the magazine. For many years, Warga was one of the leading writers at the Los Angeles Times where he did in depth articles and features on writers and people in the arts. Later, Warga became a mystery novelist, creating three well-received bibliomysteries: Hardcover, Fatal Impressions, and Singapore Transfer, featuring Los Angeles rare book dealer, Jeffrey Dean. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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14 LAWRENCE, JEROME A Golden Circle
Los Angeles Sun & Moon Press 1993 
First Edition. Signed by the author, Jerome Lawrence. A novel written by the co-author of such classics as Inherit the Wind and Auntie Mame. Fine in dust jacket. Based on his Broadway experiences. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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15 MATLIN, MARLEE Deaf Child Crossing
New York Simon & Schuster 2002 
First Edition. Signed by the author, Marlee Matlin on the title page: “Marlee Matlin, 10/30/02.” As new in an as new dust jacket. A novel for young adults about two girls who become best friends; one of whom is deaf, by Marlee Matlin, Academy Award winning actress for her role in Children of a Lesser God opposite William Hurt, The Player, It's My Party, and for many television appearances, including Seinfeld, The Practice, and currently on The West Wing. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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16 MILLER, MAX The Town with the Funny Name
New York Dutton 1948 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy inscribed by the author, Max Miller to film and television director Arthur Lubin, inscribed: “For Arthur Lubin who never sits still. Max Miller.” With Mr. Lubin's bookplate. Arthur Lubin was best known for his lighthearted comedic style including many Abbott & Costello films, several “Francis, the Talking Mule” episodes, and Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. His most accomplished and successful film work is the 1943 version of Phantom of the Opera with Claude Rains in the title role. From the late 50s he worked mostly for television as the director of many action series and of the entire run of the ‘Mr. Ed' series. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a lighlty sunned spine and a few small chips and tears. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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17 PONICSAN, DARRYL Cinderella Liberty
New York Harper & Row 1973 
First Edition. Inscribed and signed by the author, Darryl Ponicsan, to fellow writer, Wayne Warga. Inscribed: “To Wayne, Smooth sailing on still waters, Darryl Ponicsan.” Near fine or better copy with just a very thin line of fading to the top edge of the spine in a very good plus dust jacket with a trace of fading to the spine and a couple of tiny nicks. The basis of the film directed by Mark Rydell, with a screenplay by Darryl Ponicsan, starring James Caan and Marsha Mason. From the library of journalist and novelist Wayne Warga. The youngest editor at Life Magazine at age 25, Warga reported on John F. Kennedy's race for the Presidency, and went on to cover the Civil Rights movement for the magazine. For many years, Warga was one of the leading writers at the Los Angeles Times where he did in depth articles and features on writers and people in the arts. Later, Warga became a mystery novelist, creating three well-received bibliomysteries: Hardcover, Fatal Impressions, and Singapore Transfer, featuring Los Angeles rare book dealer, Jeffrey Dean. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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18 PONICSAN, DARRYL The Last Detail
New York The Dial Press 1970 
First Edition. Review copy with the publisher's dated notice laid in. Inscribed and signed by the author, Darryl Ponicsan, to fellow writer, Wayne Warga. Inscribed: “To Wayne, With all warmest, Darryl Ponicsan.” Fine fresh copy in a near fine dust jacket with a trace of edge wear and a couple of very tiny nicks. The basis of the film directed by Hal Ashby, with a screenplay by Robert Towne, starring Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Carol Kane, and Nancy Allen. From the library of journalist and novelist Wayne Warga. The youngest editor at Life Magazine at age 25, Warga reported on John F. Kennedy's race for the Presidency, and went on to cover the Civil Rights movement for the magazine. For many years, Warga was one of the leading writers at the Los Angeles Times where he did in depth articles and features on writers and people in the arts. Later, Warga became a mystery novelist, creating three well-received bibliomysteries: Hardcover, Fatal Impressions, and Singapore Transfer, featuring Los Angeles rare book dealer, Jeffrey Dean. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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19 SAYLES, JOHN Union Dues
Boston Little, Brown 1977 
First Edition. From the library of novelist Kent Anderson with his ownership signature. Near fine lightly used copy in a near fine bright dust jacket with some small creases and tiny nicks. A novel from John Sayles, best known for his film work, having written and directed such socially and politically relevant films as Return of the Secaucus Seven, Eight Men Out, Lonestar, and most recently, Limbo. Kent Anderson wrote the classic Vietnam War novel, Sympathy For the Devil (1987), considered one of the key books in Vietnam War literature. He went to Vietnam in 1969, where he served as a Sergeant in the Special Forces Green Beret. His service earned him the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars, one with Oakleaf Cluster for valor. While not supporting the war philosophically, he certainly was and is an ardent supporter of his fellow veterans. After his tour in Vietnam he was a uniformed police officer in Portland, Oregon and in Oakland, California. These experiences formed the basis of Night Dogs, his acclaimed novel of the intensity of police life. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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20 SMILEY, JANE A Thousand Acres
New York Knopf 1991 
Later edition. Signed by the author - Jane Smiley on the title page. Also signed by actresses Michelle Pheiffer and Jessica Lange who portrayed the novel's main protagonists, sisters Ginny and Rose, in the film version, with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Robards filling out a strong cast in this modern rural American variation of King Lear. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. With a printed label “Now a Major Motion PIcture” on the front panel. Fine in a fine bright dust jacket. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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