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1 ALTON, JOHN Painting with Light
New York Macmillan 1949 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, John Alton to Conrad Prag Kahn, the great sound recorder for many Hollywood films produced from the 30's through the 60's, inscribed: “Every once in a while one meets a real human being who is also an artist, a thinker, a creator. This one happens to be my good friend Conrad Kahn. Good Luck Conny!, John. Hollywood, 1956.” Laid in are two interesting items. One is a 9” x 6” page from a sketchbook with an original charcoal sketch by John Alton of Conrad Kahn in profile wearing headphones, inscribed: “To the Great Khan. John Alton. Hollywood 1956.” The other item is an original black and white photograph, 5” x 3”, taken on the set of a film showing Mr. Kahn sitting wearing headphones operating his sound equipment. Conrad Kahn was in charge of sound for so many classic films, including The Wizard of Oz, Ninotchka with Greta Garbo, Frank Capra's State of the Union, Preston Sturges' Fort Bravo, Teahouse of the August Moon, as well as many of the Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy films, William Powell-Myrna Loy pictures, several Fred Astaire films, and many others. From its listing in 100 Books on Hollywood & the Movies: “An exceptional book on cinematography, especially the use of film noir lighting, by one of its most adept practitioners, responsible for T-Men and The Big Combo and winner of an Academy Award for An American in Paris” . Corners slightly bumped, else very good plus in a very good plus dust jacket with a couple of tiny chips and tears. A wonderful association copy. Listed in 100 Books on Hollywood & the Movies. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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2 BARDECHE, MAURICE & ROBERT BRASILLACH The History of Motion Pictures
New York Norton - Museum of Modern Art 1938 
First Edition - American. Translated and edited by Iris Barry, founder of the Museum of Modern Art Film Department. The landmark and controversial study of film. Very good in a lightly used dust jacket with some tiny chipping, small tears, and the fold at the front flap internally reinforced by a paper conserbationist. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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3 BEATON, WELFORD Know Your Movies. The Theory and Practice of Motion Picture Production. With a Foreword by Cecil B. De Mille
Los Angeles Howard Hill 1932 
First Edition. A delightful book on the state of the box office in 1932, the effects of the Depression, and an amusing argument against the use of color film. Very good without dust jacket. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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4 BROWNLOW, KEVIN Behind the Mask of Innocence. Sex. Violence, Prejudice, Crime: Films of Social Conscience in the Silent Era
New York Knopf 1990 
First Edition. With a piece of paper signed by the Kevin Brownlow affixed to the title page. Fine in dust jacket. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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5 BROWNLOW, KEVIN The Parade's Gone By
New York Knopf 1968 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, to Herb Sterne from Kevin Brownlow. Inscribed on the title page: “To Herb Sterne, What an amazing career you've had. Warmest wishes! Kevin Brownlow.” Some moisture stains to the blank margins of a few pages, else very good in a lightly chipped and used dust jacket. Herb Sterne was a Hollywood publicist and a close friend of director D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, and Lillian Gish as well as many other later Hollywood notables. Sterne's relationship with Griffith is related in Richard Schickel's Griffith biography and Gish mentions him several times in her autobiography. Thought by many critics to be the finest book of film history ever written, at the very least the finest book on silent film. Listed in 100 Books on Hollywood & the Movies. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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6 CARSTAIRS, JOHN PADDY Movie Merry-Go-Round
London Newnes 1937 
First Edition. Signed by John Paddy Carstairs inscribed; “For L.D. with grateful thanks for your continued support! John Paddy Carstairs ”written in vintage fountain pen ink on a 4” x 3” piece of paper. the book explores his experiences in Hollywood. In addition, there are guest essays with interviews from Walt Disney on cartoons, film costumes by Adrian, an average day for star Joan Crawford, make-up by Perc Westmore, etc. Ownership inscription on pastedown and ink stain on spine cloth, else very good in a very good striking pictorial dust jacket which is a terrific depiction of Hollywood film studio scenes. John Paddy Carstairs was a British film and television director, comic novelist, and painter. He directed 37 films in total, including Spare a Copper, Dancing with Crime, Up to His Neck, Up in the World, Tommy the Toreador, Sands of the Desert, and Weekend with Lulu. He had a long association with the character of Simon Templar (the character's creator, novelist Leslie Charteris, dedicated his 1963 book, The Saint in the Sun to Carstairs). He also directing the 1939 Saint film, The Saint in London, as well as two episodes of The Saint television series in the 1960s, making him the only individual (other than Charteris himself) to be connected to both the Hollywood film and British series of The Saint. Carstairs is the author of But Wishes Aren't Horses, Movie Merry-Go-Round, No Thanks for the Shroud, Nicer to Stay in Bed,Vinegar and Brown Paper, A Novel of Pre-War London, Kimmie, Gardenias Bruise Easily, and three autobiographical works - Honest Injun, Hadn't We the Gaiety, and Kaleidoscope and a Jaundiced Eye. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Berlin Boltsverband der Bucherfreunde 1927 
First German Edition. Text in German. Ownership stamp, slight dust soiling to covers, else about fine without dust jacket. A novel. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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8 DUCA, LO L'Erotisme au Cinema. Volume I
Paris J.J. Pauvert 1963 
First Edition. A provocative study written in French exploring the role of eroticism in film illustrated with many exceptional stills including Gloria Swanson being subdued by a lion from Male and Female, Hedy Lamarr's notorious nude scenes from the 1933 Czech film, Extase (Ecstasy), Brigitte Bardot, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, and many more. Paperbound. Some rubbing and general wear, else very good in printed wrappers. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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New York Harcourt, Brace 1942 
First Edition - American. From the creator of Potemkin, Ten Days that Shook the World, and Alexander Nevsky. Illustrated. Near fine copy with a trace of shelf wear in a very good dust jacket with some minor dust soiling and a few small chips and tears. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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New York Harcourt, Brace 1942 
First Edition - American. From the creator of Potemkin, Ten Days that Shook the World, and Alexander Nevsky. Ownership sticker, about fine in a lightly used dust jacket with a couple tiny tears. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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New York Harcourt, Brace 1947 
Revised edition. Very good in dust jacket. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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12 FOWLER, GENE & BESS MEREDYTH The Mighty Barnum. Screenplay by Gene Fowler & Bess Meredyth
New York Covici Friede 1934 
First Edition of the First American Sound Screenplay To Be Published in Book Form. Signed by Gene Fowler to actor William Holden. Inscribed: “To Bill Holden, with regards, Gene Fowler. Nov. 1934.” At the time he was a very young struggling stage actor in Los Angeles where he grew up. Very good in a very good lightly used dust jacket with a few tiny chips and tears. One of the earliest screenplays published in book form. The film starred Wallace Beery as P.T. Barnum with Adolphe Menjou, Rochelle Hudson, and Virginia Bruce. Illustrated. William Holden was one of Hollywood's great actors appearing in such classics as Sunset Boulevard, The Bridge On the River Kwai, The Wild Bunch, Stalag 17, Sabrina, Picnic, etc. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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13 HUGHES, LAWRENCE A. (ED.) The Truth About the Movies. By the Stars
Hollywood Hollywood Publishers 1924 
First Edition. This copy belonged to film director and actor Albert Austin and bears his ownership inscription: “Property of Al Austin.” Austin is best remembered today for appearing opposite Charlie Chaplin in many of his films. Austin's picture appears on page 30 of the book. An extensive 543 page book containing articles written by the prominent film people (with their photographic portraits) of the period with contributions by by Wallace Beery, Charles Chaplin, Lon Chaney Sr., Victor Fleming, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Ernst Lubitsch, Tom Mix, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valentino, and dozens of others. Flexible decoratively stamped dark brown cloth boards. Very good copy with a thin split to the front hinge, a bit of dampstaining to the edges of the endpapers, not affecting the interior, and with some minor edge wear without dust jacket as issued. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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14 JOHNSTON, ALVA The Great Goldwyn
New York Random House 1937 
First Edition. Very good in a chipped and internally repaired dust jacket. The first book on the film mogul, Samuel Goldwyn, and the first book to collect some of his famous “Goldwynisms”. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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15 KIESLING, BARRETT C ‘How Talkies are Made' and ‘Talking Pictures - How They Are Made - How to Appreciate Them' by Barrett C. Kiesling
Los Angeles and Atlanta MGM & Johnson Publishing 1935 & 1937 
First Editions. The first item, ‘How Talkies are Made' is an original 90 page mimeographed early working draft done at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios by Barrett C. Kiesling prior to his book, ‘Talking Pictures- How They Are Made - How to Appreciate Them.' This is bradbound in a stiff black binder and is in fine condition. Included is the book Talking Pictures- How They Are Made - How to Appreciate Them' which was published two years later and is filled out with additional material, creating a classic study of the Hollywood studio system during the 1930s, illustrated throughout with black & white photographs from the MGM studios. Very good plus lightly used copy with some minor edge wear without dust jacket. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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16 LAMBERT, GAVIN The Slide Area. Scenes of Hollywood Life
New York Viking Press 1959 
First Edition - American. Fine in a bright dust jacket with a minute trace of wear. Listed in 100 Books On Hollywood & the Movies: A “collection of short stories about eccentrics that people the fringes of movie business remains one of the most pointed of movie fictions.” 
Price: 200.00 USD
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17 LINDSAY, VACHEL The Art of the Moving Picture
New York Macmillan 1922 
First Printing of the Revised & Expanded Edition. An elaborate signed and inscribed by the author, Vachel Lindsay to screenwriter Fred Applegate: “To the future director, Fred Applegate this picture a flower from the moon. With the good wishes and great hopes of Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, July 15, 1925, Los Angeles, California”. Inscription is decorated with flowers and covers the front board. The front free endpaper has an intricate drawing of the moon flowers and is initialed N.V.L. About fine without dust jacket. Listed in 100 Books on Hollywood & the Movies. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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18 MILNE, PETER Motion Picture Directing. The Facts and Theories of the Newest Art
New York Falk 1922 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author to screenwriter Fred Applegate, with Applegate's ownership inscription. Additionally inscribed by Milne on the endpaper to P. Smith, and signed again by Milne on the title page. Corners bumped, very good without a dust jacket. Illustrated. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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19 RATHBUN, JOHN B Motion Picture Making and Exhibiting
Chicago Charles C. Thompson 1914 
First Edition. A how to book from the principles of “motography” to getting the pictures past the censors. From the library of screenwriter Fred Applegate with his ownership inscription. Bookstore sticker, front and rear hinges cracked, very good without dust jacket. Rare. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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20 VIDOR, KING A Tree Is A Tree
New York Harcourt 1953 
First Edition. King Vidor's own copy with his ownership blindstamp proclaiming “From the Library of King Vidor” and well as his ink ownership stamp giving his name and Beverly Hills address. The acclaimed autobiography of the distinguished Hollywood director whose credits include such films as The Big Parade, Our Daily Bread, Street Scene, The Crowd, Duel In the Sun, The Citadel, and important uncredited sections of The Wizard of Oz. Listed in 100 Books on Hollywood & the Movies. Fine in a lightly used dust jacket with a few tiny nicks and tears. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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