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61 MORAVIA, ALBERTO (JACK VALENTI) The Lie by Alberto Moravia. Translated from the Italian by Angus Davidson
New York Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1966 
First Edition - American. Signed and inscribed by the author Alberto Moravia to Hollywood film executive Jack Valenti. Inscribed in the year of publication at the half-title: “A Jack Valenti con simpatico, Alberto Moravia, Roma 66”. Specially bound in full brown leather with raised bands and gilt stamping at the spine. Very fine. Includes a Certificate of Authenticity. Jack Valenti (1921-2007) is best known in his long-time role as President of the Motion Picture Association of America from 1966 to 2004. During his 38 year position in the MPAA, Valenti created the MPAA film rating system which is still used today. In 1963, Valenti was in the John F. Kennedy motorcade in Dallas, and he is seen in the famous photograph of Lyndon Johnson being sworn in as President on Air Force One. Valenti flew back to Washington with Johnson and literally lived in the White House for two months helping Johnson take the reins of the presidency. He was the first special assistant to President Johnson and served at Johnson's direction as a liaison to the Republican Congressional leadership. Hollywood mogul and Democratic fundraiser Lew Wasserman pressured Lyndon Johnson to let Valenti leave in 1966 to run the MPAA. A striking and articulate man who easily made friends, Valenti became a figure of considerable influence in both Hollywood and Washington. Few people have known as many famous and powerful people as Valenti. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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62 NATHAN, ROBERT Portrait of Jennie
New York Knopf 1940 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author Robert Nathan: “For Arnold Chapman, with warm regards. Robert Nathan, 1980.” Very good lightly handled copy with some tape marks to the endpapers in a lightly used price-clipped dust jacket with some dust soiling, a bit of tearing, and small chips with some tape marks to the outer edges of flaps. The basis of the acclaimed motion picture starring Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten and Ethel Barrymore produced by David O. Selznick. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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63 ORTH, MAUREEN (JACK VALENTI) The Importance of Being Famous: Behind the Scenes of the Celebrity Industrial Complex
New York Holt 2004 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author Maureen Orth to Hollywood film executive Jack Valenti and his wife: “For Jack & Mary Margaret Valenti, who knew more famous people in the world than anyone! With much respect & affection, Maureen Orth”. From Valenti's library with a Certificate of Authenticity. Near fine copy with a touch of edge wear in a near fine dust jacket with two 1/2” tears to the bottom of the spine at the folds. A portrait of the famous and the infamous from journalist and author, best known for her work as a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine since 1993. Jack Valenti (1921-2007) is best known in his long-time role as President of the Motion Picture Association of America from 1966 to 2004. During his 38 year position in the MPAA, Valenti created the MPAA film rating system which is still used today. In 1963, Valenti was in the John F. Kennedy motorcade in Dallas, and he is seen in the famous photograph of Lyndon Johnson being sworn in as President on Air Force One. Valenti flew back to Washington with Johnson and literally lived in the White House for two months helping Johnson take the reins of the presidency. He was the first special assistant to President Johnson and served at Johnson's direction as a liaison to the Republican Congressional leadership. Hollywood mogul and Democratic fundraiser Lew Wasserman pressured Lyndon Johnson to let Valenti leave in 1966 to run the MPAA. A striking and articulate man who easily made friends, Valenti became a figure of considerable influence in both Hollywood and Washington. Few people have known as many famous and powerful people as Valenti. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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64 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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65 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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66 ROBERTSON, ROBBIE How To Become Clairvoyant - Limited Signed Collector's Edition.
Santa Monica 429 Records 2011 
Limited to 2,500. Each package is individually numbered and signed by Robbie Robertson, most famous for being a member of The Band. Custom slipcase holding a music book and an art book. 13"x 13" music book contains: How To Become Clairvoyant CD [12 tracks, Bonus CD with 10 additional tracks [2 EXCLUSIVE new tracks, 6 songwriter versions and 2 outtakes}, 3 180-gram clear vinyl LPs containing the 22 tracks from the album and bonus CD, DVD containing 3 multitrack files from the How To Become Clairvoyant album. 13"x 13" art book contains which is where Robertson has handsigned the book: More than 50 pages of art, photos and notes from the album. 8 tarot cards exclusively designed for this package. Set of 5 lithographs - each set individually numbered, [3 exclusive images by Richard Prince, 1 by Anton Corbijn and the 2011 Robbie Robertson Commemorative Canadian Stamp]. As new. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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67 SANDERSON, MARK, NICHOLAS ROEG, & DAPHNE DU MAURIER Don't Look Now - By Mark Sanderson
London BFI Publishing 1996 
First Edition, First Printing. Signed by Mark Sanderson, and three members of the film production, director Nicholas Roeg, screenwriter Allan Scott, and actress Hilary Mason. Paperbound. Fine in stiff printed wrappers. One of the BFI Modern Classics Series, each a monograph on a particular film in this case Nicholas Roeg's strange psychic thriller film based on the Daphne Du Maurier story starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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68 SAROYAN, WILLIAM The Trouble With Tigers
New York Harcourt 1938 
First Edition. Fine in a bright near fine dust jacket, some sunning at spine, with some minor edge wear. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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69 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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70 SHAARA, MICHAEL The Killer Angels
New York David McKay 1974 
Fourth printing. Signed and inscribed by the author, Michael Shaara: “To Bill, Michael Shaara.” Fine bright copy in a fine dust jacket. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the basis of the acclaimed film Gettysburg. Rarely encountered in a signed copy. 
Price: 3000.00 USD
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71 SHAPIRO, LIONEL Torch for a Dark Journey
Garden City Doubleday 1950 
First Edition. Signed and inscribed by the author Lionel Shapiro to director Delbert Mann: “Signed for Delbert Mann - to whom I am greatly indebted for an incisive job of direction in the first dramatization of this book - and for whom I confidently predict an immense future in the world of dramatic arts. Lionel Shapiro, Nov. 24, 1950.” Very good slightly used copy with a touch of darkening to the cloth at the spine, a hint of edge wear, and a couple of tiny tears to the cloth at the top of the spine without dust jacket. Delbert Mann (1920 - 2007) was an accomplished director who came from the Golden Age of Television ("Philco Playhouse," "Goodyear Television Playhouse," and "Producers' Showcase") and went on to great success in film, and is perhaps best known for his Oscar-winning direction of the classic film Marty. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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72 SINCLAIR, UPTON (CHARLIE CHAPLIN) The Profits of Religion: An Essay in Economic Interpretation
Pasadena, CA Self-Published 1918 
First Edition, First Printing. Signed and inscribed by the author, Upton Sinclair, to silent film star, Charlie Chaplin, on the front free endpaper. Inscribed: “To Charlie Chaplin with best wishes. Upton Sinclair.” 315 pages with a two-page ad for ‘Upton Sinclair's Magazine' featuring endorsements from such well known authors as H.G. Wells, Frank Harris, Havelock Ellis, Eden Phillpotts, H.L. Mencken, etc. Very good lightly used copy with gilt-stamping to the front board and spine gleaming, with some minor edge wear, a 3” x 3/4” faded rubbed spot to the cloth at the bottom of the front board, and a hint of darkening to the cloth at the spine without dust jacket. The book focuses on what Sinclair proposes as the corruptive influence of economics on the world's major religious faiths, including Evangelists, Holy Rollers, Mormons, Christian Scientists, and faith healers. According to Leon Harris' book, Upton Sinclair, American Rebel, Sinclair's writings had a profound effect on actor Charlie Chaplin's political points of view, thus inspiring his interest in Socialism. It was Chaplin who brought Sinclair together with famed Russian film director, Serge Eisenstein, which led to Sinclair's subsequent financial support for Eisenstein's ill-fated film project, Que Viva Mexico. All in all, a compelling association. 
Price: 2250.00 USD
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73 SPARKS, NICHOLAS Message In a Bottle
New York Warner Books 1998 
First Edition, First Printing. Signed and inscribed by Nicholas Sparks to the credited film script supervisor on the film adaptation of Spark's novel, Message In a Bottle, starring Kevin Costner, Robin Wright, Paul Newman, John Savage, and Robbie Coltrane. Inscribed: “Karen, May your life be filled with magic... Nicholas Sparks, 4.27.98.” Further details about the film association upon request. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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74 SPENCE, HARTZELL (FREDERIC MARCH, MARTHA SCOTT, NORMAN VINCENT PEALE) One Foot in Heaven. The Life of a Practical Parson by Hartzell Spence. Signed by Thirty Memeber of the Cast and Crew of the Film. With Four B&W Production Stills from the Film
New York & Los Angeles Whittlesey House / Warner Bros. 1941 
Later printing. Signed by thirty members of the cast and crew for the Oscar nominated film One Foot in Heaven to the young actress Carlotta Jelm who played the character Eileen Spence, the daughter of William and Hope Spence played by Frederic March and Martha Scott, in the film and whose signed inscriptions read: “All happiness to Carlotta, Frederic March.” and “To my daughter Eileen - my best wishes always, Martha Scott.” The book is also signed by Norman Vincent Peale who served as a technical advisor for the film, “To Carlotta with best wishes, Norman Vincent Peale.” With signatures of director Irving Rapper, cinematographer Charles Rosher, assistant director Jesse Hibbs, Peter Caldwell who played her brother, “It was good being your brother, Peter Caldwell.” and others. Near fine copy with a trace of use in a very good lightly used and dust soiled dust jacket with thin tape repaired splits to the spine folds and a few small chips and tears. With four production stills: two of Frederic March and Martha Scott on their wedding day, posed in front of an oversized prop of the book; one of Fredric March, Martha Scott, Carlotta Jelm, and Peter Caldwell (the young actor playing the son and the book's author, Hartzell Spence) all posed as if for a formal family portrait, and one of Frederic March and Peter Caldwell sitting in an audience as March gives the boy a stern look. All stills are in fine condition and three have binder punch holes. The book and film tell the true story of a happy family headed by a warm and dedicated pastor, who with his wife and children moved from one parish to another, serving each community with dedication, wisdom, and humor. The fil also starred Beulah Bondi as a wealthy member of his congregation, Gene Lockhart as a member whose wife sings (poorly) in the choir, Grant Mitchell as the architect of the church improvements, and a skeptic played by Jerome Cowan. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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75 STEWART, JAMES Jimmy Stewart and His Poems
New York Crown 1989 
First Edition, First Printing. Signed by the author, actor Jimmy Stewart. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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76 STONE, IRVING Depths of Glory
Garden City Doubleday 1985 
Later printing. Signed presentation copy from Irving Stone to actress Marie Windsor and her husband, warmly inscribed by the author: “For Marie & Jack, my long time and lovely friends. Remembering all our good times together. Fraternally, Irving Stone. Oct. 5, 1985.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a couple of small tears. Stone's biographical novel of Camille Pissarro. Marie Windsor's acting career includes roles in The Killing directed by Stanley Kubrick, The Narrow Margin, Force of Evil, and in two films with John Wayne, Cahill - United States Marshall and The Fighting Kentuckian. 
Price: 55.00 USD
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77 THOMPSON, HUNTER S The Rum Diary. The Long Lost Novel
New York Simon & Schuster 1998 
First Edition, First Printing. Signed by the author, Hunter S. Thompson on a special publisher's bookplate affixed to front flyleaf. As new in dust jacket. Thompson's autograph is very uncommon. Written in 1959 and long thought lost, this novel is a vintage piece of Thompson's writing. “The Rum Diary is a brilliantly tangled love story of jealousy, treachery & violent alcoholic lust in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950s. ‘It was a gold rush...There were naked people everywhere and we all had credit.'” The basis of the acclaimed film starring Johnny Depp. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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78 TILLY, MEG Singing Songs
New York Dutton 1994 
First Edition. Signed by the author, Meg Tilly on the title page. Fine in dust jacket. A novel by the noted actress. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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79 TOMLIN, LILY & JANE WAGNER The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life In The Universe - By Jane Wagner
New York Harper & Row 1986 
Seventh printing. Signed and inscribed by Lily Tomlin, and additionally signed by Jane Wagner to the credited script supervisor on Tomlin's film, The Beverly Hillbillies. Inscribed: “For Karen, love and goosebumps! Lily, 1993, Hillbillies.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Copiously illustrated with scenes of the Lily Tomlin production. Further details about the film association upon request. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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80 VAN PEEBLES, MARIO Panther – A Pictorial History of the Black Panthers and the Story Behind the Film. Prologue by Melvin Van Peebles
New York New Market Press 1995 
First Edition. Signed by the author, Mario Van Peebles, the director of the film, as well as such movies as New Jack City and Posse and a film star in his own right. With essays by Dick Gregory, David Hillyer, Preston Holmes, and J. Taika Lewis (the first female member of the Black Panthers). Illustrated with 200 photos. Paperbound. Very fine unread copy. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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