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New York Julian Messner 1934 
First Edition of the Author's First Mystery. Signed presentation copy from Lawrence Blochman to writer, Max Miller. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication: “For Max Miller, whose delightful flair for the oblique and implied tale may prevent his reading such blatantly direct journalese as this is without a trace of nausea, but who does agree that books make swell ornaments; from Lawrence G. Blochman who used to be an old waterfront coverer himself. Los Angeles, Jan, 30, 1934.” Mr. Blochman's inscription refers to Max Miller's novel, I Cover the Waterfront, which was made into a film directed by James Cruze, starring Claudette Colbert and Ben Lyon. Near fine copy with a bit of edge wear in a very good slightly dust soiled dust jacket with some slight fading to the spine and a few small chips and tiny tears. A detective story set against the mystery, pageantry, and exotic landscape of India. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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Boston Little Brown 1934 
First Edition of the Author's First Mystery. Signed presentation copy from Lawrence G. Blochman. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication: “For Betty Bryner, Who had a finger in the making of this book, and who, until she read it at least was a friend of the author. Lawrence G. Blochman. Universal City, Feb. 6, 1934.” Inscribed during the making of the film adaptation of Bombay Mail by Universal Pictures starring Edmund Lowe as Inspector Dyke. Near fine copy with a bit of edge wear and some minor rubbing to the cloth at the top of the spine in a fine bright facsimile dust jacket. A detective story set against the mystery, pageantry, and exotic landscape of India. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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3 BLOCHMAN, LAWRENCE G See You at the Morgue
New York Duell, Sloan, and Pearce 1941 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy from Lawrence G. Blochman. Inscribed by the author: “For Betty [Bryner], Because she has hair just like the Phantom Secretary's! From her old friend [not a phantom] the author, Lawrence G. Blochman.” Near fine copy with a hint of edge wear in a very good lightly used dust jacket with some shallow pieces at the top and bottom edges of the spine, a few small tears, and some minor spotting. The front panel of the dust jacket is a surreal illustration of a phone receiver and New York license plate in the foreground, a suitcase with two small silhouette figures of men next to it just beyond, an open doorway in the background, and a key hanging from the ‘e' in “Morgue” of the title. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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4 CHARTERIS, LESLIE The Saint on the Spanish Main
Garden City Doubleday 1955 
First Edition - American. Signed and inscribed by the author, Leslie Charteris to film critic Arthur Knight: “For Arthur Knight, with all good wishes. Leslie Charteris, Santa Barbara, 8.6.56” followed by Charteris' drawing of The Saint. Evidence of a label removed from rear endpapers. Very good slightly used copy with some minor edge wear in a very good bright dust jacket with some small chips and tears and a bit of fading to the spine. Arthur Knight is the author of the classic film study, The Liveliest Art. A Panoramic History of the Movies. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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5 DIEHL, WILLIAM Sharky's Machine
New York Delacorte 1978 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by actor, Henry Silva, who starred as Billy Score in the 1981 film Sharky's Machine, screenplay by Gerald Di Pego, starring and directed by Burt Reynolds, with Rachel Ward, Vittorio Gassman, Brian Keith, Charles Durning, and Earl Holliman. Silva writes: “Henry Silva, ‘Billy Score.' My favorite film!!!” Fine bright copy in a near fine bright dust jacket with a 1/4” tear to the top edge of the rear panel. Henry Silva has enjoyed a long career in both film an television, with memorable roles in A Hatful of Rain, Green Mansions, The Manchurian Candidate, Johnny Cool, Sharky's Machine, Allan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold, Dick Tracy, The End of Violence, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, etc. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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6 FENADY, ANDREW J. (MITCHUM, ROBERT) A. Night in Beverly Hills
Waterville, ME Five Star 2003 
First Edition. First Printing. Signed and inscribed by the author Andrew J. Fenady to the book's co-dedicatee, Dorothy Mitchum (along with Robert Mitchum), at the dedication page with a line drawn from “Dorothy” to the inscription, reading: “The lovely lady who melted the heart of the Ice Man. Best, Andrew J. Fenady.” From the library of Robert and Dorothy Mitchum with the stamp, “From the Estate of Robert Mitchum, Santa Barbara, California” on the inside front cover and with the blindstamp of Dorothy Mitchum. Fine copy in a fine price-clipped dust jacket. A murder mystery set in Hollywood featuring private eye Alex Night by Edgar Award-winning author Andrew J. Fenady. Robert Mitchum (1917 - 1997) was a sleepy-eyed, effortlessly handsome leading man, best known for his work in classic dramas, including film noir, westerns, and war films. Some of his best known films are The Night of the Hunter (directed by Charles Laughton), Out of the Past, Foreign Intrigue, Cape Fear, Farewell My Lovely and The Big Sleep (as private eye Philip Marlowe), El Dorado, The Longest Day, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, The Red Pony, Angel Face, Heaven Knows Mr. Allison, The Sundowners, The Grass is Greener, Two for the Seesaw, Mister Moses, Ryan's Daughter, That Championship Season, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, The Yakuza, and Midway. His later career included a starring role in two big-budget Herman Wouk World War II television mini-series, The Winds of War (1983) and War and Remembrance (1988). Remarkably, his only Oscar nomination came for Best Supporting Actor from his role as Lt. Walker in the 1945 film Story of G.I. Joe, directed by William Wellman, based on the books Brave Men and Here Is Your War by Ernie Pyle. Robert and Dorothy Mitchum were married for 57 years and lived together in Santa Barbara, CA. Dorothy passed away in April, 2014 at the age of 94. Their sons James Mitchum and Christopher Mitchum are actors, as is their grandson Bentley Mitchum. Robert Mitchum's last film was the television biopic James Dean: Race with Destiny (1997) playing Giant director George Stevens. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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7 FLEMING, IAN Goldfinger
London Jonathan Cape 1959 
First Edition. Signed by the lovely actress Shirley Eaton, who is one of the most famous of all “James Bond Girls” in her role as Jill Masterson, secretary of Goldfinger. After sleeping with James Bond, she is murdered by Goldfinger who had her painted from head to toe in luminescent gold paint. Her portrayal of the beautiful golden girl is one of the great sensual iconic images of the 1960s. Eaton has signed on the title page: “Shirley Eaton - Jill Masterson - The Golden Girl.” Laid in is a original color photograph of Ms. Eaton wearing a sparkly gold sweater and gold jewelry taken at the time of the book's signing. Fine bright copy in a near fine dust jacket. with a faint hint of dust soiling and a minor trace of edge wear. The dust jacket has the classic painting by Richard Chopping of a skull with two $20 U.S. gold coins in the eye sockets and with a long stem rose between the teeth. 
Price: 7500.00 USD
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8 FLEMING, IAN Octopussy and the Living Daylights
New York New American Library 1966 
First Edition - American. Signed by actress Maud Adams with a terrific sexy quotation from her dialogue in the James Bond film, Octopussy, where she played the title role, Inscribed: “You are James Bond. 007. Licensed to kill. Am I to be your target for tonight. ‘Octopussy' - Maud Adams.” Laid in are two excellent and attractive original color photographs of Maud Adams signing the book and displaying it. Very good in a very good lightly rubbed dust jacket with a few tiny chips and tears. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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New York Knopf 1929 
Third printing (August 1929) of Hammett's second book. From the library of the great actor John Gilbert, with his signature and bookplate. Very good slightly used copy with a touch of dust soiling to the cloth without dust jacket. John Gilbert (1895 - 1936) was a strikingly handsome leading man, best known for his roles in such classic films as Cameo Kirby, Monte Cristo, Arabian Love, He Who Gets Slapped, The Merry Widow, The Big Parade, Bardelys the Magnificent, and four films with Greta Garbo - Flesh and the Devil, Love (an adaptation of Anna Karenina), A Woman of Affairs, and Queen Christina. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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10 HITCHCOCK, ALFRED & VICTOR CANNING The Rainbird Pattern (Family Plot) By Victor Canning
London Heinemann 1972 
First Edition. This copy has a terrific full page signed inscription from actress Karen Black who co-starred in the 1976 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Inscribed: “Alfred Hitchcock made this book into a film called ‘Family Plot.' I was offered the part of Fran in the movie but truth was , I really wanted the other more humorous role. At last, after being on the set a few weeks I said, ‘You know, Mr. Hitchcock, I really would have preferred the part of Blanche.' “Oh no, much too low brow for you!” He replied. I guess he had never seen ‘Five Easy Pieces.' Karen Black.” Ms. Black's mention of “Five Easy Pieces” is a humourous reference to her role as a low class waitress opposite Jack Nicholson, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. Very good in a very good dust jacket with a few small stains, a few creases, and some edgewear. Karen Black is among America's most accomplished actors, an Academy Award nominee, a Golden Globe winner, and has received many other awards for her performances. Three of her films have been chosen by the Library of Congress for the National Film Registry declaring them national treasures. Among her films are Five Easy Pieces, Easy Rider, Nashville, The Day of the Locust, The Great Gatsby, Burnt Offerings, Portnoy's Complaint, etc. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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11 INNES, HAMMOND The Mary Deare
London Collins 1956 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by Hammond Innes to his wife, fellow author and actress, Dorothy Mary Lange. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the dedication page: “My dear, Here at last is your own book with my grateful acknowledgment to your ownership of it and my love, Ralph. 9th July 1956.” With Hammond Innes's bookplate. Near fine copy with a trace of fading to the cloth along the top edge and very minor rubbing to the gilt-stamping at the spine in a near fine dust jacket with some very faint spotting and a hint of darkening to the spine. The author's most famous work and the basis of the acclaimed film, The Wreck of the Mary Deare, screenplay by Eric Ambler, directed by Michael Anderson, and starring Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Michael Redgrave, Richard Harris, Virginia McKenna, Emlyn Williams, and Alexander Knox. 
Price: 5000.00 USD
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12 KAMINSKY, STUART M He Done Her Wrong
New York St. Martin's Press 1983 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, Stuart Kaminsky to a friend. Mae West is in distress when her sizzling autobiography is stolen, she hires the intrepid Toby Peters to recover it, and the story comes to a climax at a lavish Cecil B. DeMille party. Fine in dust jacket. Entertaining reading. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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13 WOODS, STUART The Prince of Beverly Hills
New York Putnam 2004 
First Edition. Signed by the author, Stuart Woods. With a “Signed Copy” sticker affixed to the front panel of the dust jacket. Bright as new copy in a crisp as new dust jacket. A thrilling story set during the Golden Age of Hollywood in the late 30s, where a newly demoted LAPD detective turned security officer for a big film studio gets involved in a double murder and blackmail cover-up. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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