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Signed & InscribedModern Literature

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1 ADAMS, ALICE Listening to Billie
New York Knopf 1978 
First Edition. Inscribed and signed by the author, Alice Adams, to fellow writer, Wayne Warga. Inscribed: “For Wayne, with many thanks for such a great conversation. All best, Alice. Oct. 1, 1980.” Near fine copy with a very small stain to the outer bottom corner of the front board which barely affects the front free endpaper in a very good dust jacket with a 1” stain to the bottom corner of the front panel at the flap fold. From the library of 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: 50.00 USD
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2 CHAYEFSKY, PADDY Middle of the Night. A Love Story by Paddy Chayefsky
New York Random House 1957 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy from actor Edward G. Robinson, inscribed: “With much happiness to you both, Barbara and John. Sincerely, Edward G. Robinson. Ownership signature. Illustrated. Near fine lightly used copy in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Robinson starred in this Joshua Logan directed play with Gena Rowlands and Martin Balsam. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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3 CHILDS, HERBERT Way of a Gaucho
New York Prentice-Hall 1948 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, Herbert Childs to actor Jean Hersholt. Hersholt won a two special Academy Awards for his work with the Motion Picture Relief Fund and his efforts in the film industry, and upon his death had an Academy Award named in his honor the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Basis of the film starring Gene Tierney, Richard Boone, with screenplay by Philip Dunne. With a tipped-in bookplate from the Motion Picture Country House noting that the book was donated by Jean Hersholt. Stamp on the endpaper “Motion Picture Country House Library Copy”. About fine in a very good dust jacket with a few small chips and tears. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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4 CORLE, EDWIN Solitaire
New York Dutton 1940 
First Edition. The dedication copy inscribed by the author, Edwin Corle, to the book's dedicatee, Mary Alice Clarke. The book is inscribed on the printed dedication page which reads: “To Mary Alice Clarke” beneath which the author has handwritten in ink: “Because; ‘T'ain't every man who's knowed two great women in his life.' Edwin Corle, Feb. 9, 1940.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with a few tiny chips and some small tears. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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5 FRANCIS, DICK Reflex
New York Putnam 1981 
First Edition - American. Inscribed and signed by the author, Dick Francis, to fellow writer, Wayne Warga. Inscribed: “Wayne, Very best wishes & many thanks for the interview in Beverly Hills. Dick Francis. April ‘81.” Fine copy in a near fine bright dust jacket with a hint of fading to the spine. 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: 65.00 USD
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6 GIBSON, WILLIAM The Cobweb
New York Knopf 1954 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, William Gibson to Alice Knopf, daughter-in-law to Alfred A. Knopf, the books publisher. Fine in a very good dust jacket with a couple of tiny tears and minute chips with some darkening at spine. The basis of the 1955 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer dramatic motion picture directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Charles Boyer, Oscar Levant, Lillian Gish, Gloria Grahame, and Susan Strasberg. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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7 HANSEN, RON Desperadoes
New York Knopf 1979 
First Edition of the Author's First Book. Signed presentation copy, inscribed by the author: “For Jack, Dinner companion dollar maker, good guy. With best wishes. Ron Hansen.” Western novel based on the lives and exploits of the infamous Dalton brothers gang. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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8 JONES, JAMES The Ice-Cream Headache and Other Stories
New York Delacorte 1968 
First Edition. Inscribed and signed by the author, James Jones, with his initial “J”, to Harold Hayes, his editor at Esquire magazine. Inscribed: “To Harold - A study of, & in. styles. Note the one beginning (sic) p. 25. Best, J.” Very good in a very good dust jacket with a faded spine. Harold Hayes was editor in chief of Esquire magazine from 1961 to 1973 having been handpicked by the magazine's founder, Arnold Gingrich, as his successor. During Hayes's editorship, the magazine kept pace with the tumultuous sixties with landmark articles, fiction, and essays by the likes of Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer, Gay Talese, Garry Wills, Michael Herr, William Burroughs, Jean Genet, Terry Southern, etc., and was a major influence on a generation of writers. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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9 KOSINSKI, JERZY The Lone Wolf
New York The American Scholar 1972 
First Edition. Inscribed and signed by the author, Jerzy Kosinski, to fellow writer, Wayne Warga and his wife. Inscribed in ink on the front cover: “For Wayne and Carol, with much thought. Jerzy. February 1973” additionally, Kosinski has written a note in pencil in the upper right hand corner of the front cover and then he has drawn an arrow to the title. Kosinski has written “ late husband of Mary Weir whom J.K. married in 1962. She died in 1968. The Painted Bird (1965) was dedicated to her.” An offprint pamphlet from The American Scholar. Paperbound in stapled wrappers. Offsetting and tanning to covers, a vertical crease from at one time being folded to fit in an envelope, else very good. Wayne Warga was a friend of Kosinski and interviewed him for The Los Angeles Times. 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: 150.00 USD
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10 KREMENTZ, JILL The Writer's Image - Literary Portraits by Jill Krementz
Boston Godine 1980 
First Edition. Inscribed and signed by the author - photographer, Jill Krementz, to writer, Wayne Warga. Inscribed: “For Wayne, who is a very dear and wonderful friend. With much love from Jill. May 15th, 1981.” Preface by Kurt Vonnegut. Introduction by Trudy Butner Krisher. Oversized. Fine copy in a near fine clipped dust jacket with a trace of fading to the spine and a hint of edge wear. A collection of more than a hundred black & white photographic portraits of leading modern writers, including Tennessee Williams, Rex Stout, John Updike, Anais Nin, Joan Didion, Gore Vidal, Thornton Wilder, Edward Albee, Vladimir Nabokov, Pablo Neruda, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Kurt Vonnegut, and so many more. 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: 300.00 USD
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11 LAWRENCE, JEROME A Golden Circle
Los Angeles Sun & Moon Press 1993 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy inscribed by the author, Jerome Lawrence to blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter, Frank Tarloff, and his wife, inscribed: “To Lee & Frank, With admiration and friendship across the years. Jerry AKA: Jerome Lawrence.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jerome Lawrence is the author, with Robert E. Lee, of many classic plays including Inherit the Wind, Auntie Mame, and The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, and the filmThe First Monday in October. Frank Tarloff won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay in 1964 for Father Goose starring Cary Grant. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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12 MARKS, LILLIAN Saul Marks and the Plantin Press. The Life & Work of a Singular Man
Los Angeles The Plantin Press 1980 
First Edition. One of a limited edition of 350 numbered copies signed and inscribed by the author, Lillian Marks: “For Ebria in admiration & affection. Lillian.” Finely bound in marble boards with a gilt-stamped paper label affixed to the cloth spine in original publisher's slipcase. Illustrated with drawings and photographs. Fine condition. A biography of printer and book designer Saul Marks by his wife, partner and co-founder of The Plantin Press. With an essay by Lawrence Clark Powell. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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13 MATHESON, RICHARD Ride the Nightmare
New York Ballantine 1959 
First Paperback Edition. Signed by the author, Richard Matheson on the title page. Very good in printed wrappers. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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14 MEYER, NICHOLAS Confessions of a Homing Pigeon
New York Dial 1981 
First Edition. Inscribed and signed by the author, Nicholas Meyer, to Wayne Warga. Inscribed: “For Wayne, With the affectionate of good wishes of the undersigned, who hopes he will enjoy the contents of this volume. Nicholas, Sept. ‘81.” About fine with a faint touch of edge wear in a a fine bright dust jacket. From the library of 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: 45.00 USD
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15 O'ROURKE, P.J Age and Guile Beat Youth, Innocence and a Bad Haircut. 25 Years of P.J. O'Rourke
New York Atlantic Monthly Press 1995 
First Edition. Signed by the author, P.J. O'Rourke. Fine in dust jacket. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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16 RUSS, MARTIN Half Moon Haven
New York Rinehart & Co. 1959 
First Edition. Signed presentation copy from Martin Russ to his literary agent Dorothy Olding of Harold Ober Associates, inscribed by the author: “To Dorothy from Martin Russ. Nov. 1959.” Very good plus copy with pages tanned as usual in a bright very good dust jacket with some slight darkening to the spine and a very faint trace of edge wear. The first novel by Martin Russ, author of The Last Parallel. A Marine's War Journal, a compelling autobiographical book about the Korean War. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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17 SIMON, NEIL The Comedy of Neil Simon. Come Blow Your Horn, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, The Star-Spangled Girl, Plaza Suite, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and the musical, Promises, Promises
New York Random House 1971 
Sixth printing. Signed and inscribed: “To Marian and Paul, Neil Simon, March 1977.” A collection of Neil Simon's plays including Come Blow Your Horn, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, The Star-Spangled Girl, Plaza Suite, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and the musical, Promises, Promises. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few tiny nicks and some creasing. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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18 ST. JOHNS, ADELA ROGERS Some Are Born Great
Garden City Doubleday 1974 
First Edition. Signed by noted actor Robert Young on the front inner board. Additionally signed and inscribed by reporter Adela Rogers St. Johns to Ruza Stackhouse, wife of Edwin Stackhouse who was the longtime manager of the Pickwick bookstore in Hollywood. With Ruza Stackhouse's bookplate. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket with a few tiny tears, a lightly sunned spine, and minor soiling. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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19 STEICHEN, EDWARD A Life in Photography
Garden City Doubleday 1963 
First Edition, First Issue. A superb presentation copy by the author, Edward Steichen to fellow photographer, Margaret Bourke-White. Inscribed on the title page in two color inks: “For the immortal Maggie Bourke-White with admiration respect & love, Edward Steichen.” Then beneath Steichen's inscription is an inscription from Margaret Bourke-White presenting the book to Ellen Cousins, the wife of writer Norman Cousins. Bourke-White has written: “From people I love, Steichen and Ellen Cousins. Margaret Bourke-White.” Very good plus copy in a very good dust jacket with an small tear. A coffee table book of a wonderful retrospective of images and text from Steichen's remarkable career. Enclosed in a handsome custom full cloth folding box. A truly great association copy between two legends of American photography and presentation associations of this caliber are truly rare. 
Price: 15000.00 USD
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20 THEROUX, PAUL The Kingdom by the Sea. A Journey Around Great Britain
Boston Houghton Mifflin 1983 
First Edition. Signed by the author, Paul Theroux on the title page. Revealing journal of Theroux's exploratory circuit around the coast of Britain. Touch of foxing to the top edge and endpapers, else fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Price: 135.00 USD
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