Books Into Film
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1928. Hard Cover. First Edition. 236 pp. Based on a story by Herman Bang that was then scripted as the movie "4 Devils" in 1928 and starring Anders Randolf, Barry Norton, Charles Morton, and Janet Gaynor. Novelized by Guy Fowler, it is the story of a group of aerialists, their lives, loves and tragedy. Light scuffing to dust jacket from shelf wear including a black smudge across the main title on front panel, minor chipping at edges, now in mylar cover. Red cloth covered boards with black titling that is clean and crisp. Interior crisp with light age toning to pages due to quality of the paper. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Random House, 1988. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 306 pp. 8vo. Light scuffing to dust jacket from shelf wear, now in mylar cover. Minor dust staining at head of text block. Signed by author on first free endpaper and a second time at the title page.
Basis for the movie of the same name starring Dennis Hopper and Ed Harris. Very Good / very good.
New York: Engel-van Wiseman, Inc., 1934. Hardcover. First Thus. 156 pp. B/w photo ills. A book based on the Universal Picture "Great Expectations," featuring Henry Hull, Phillips Holmes, Jane Wyatt, Florence Reed, Alan Hale, and others. Covers are colored scenes from the movie, scuffed and edgeworn. There are two "dings" to bottom front and corners are bumped. Bookplate printed on verso front cover has had a p.o. name typed on paper and inserted, with another name signed below. Contents are aged but unworn, with many photos from the movie providing full-page ills. Story is "fictionized" by A.J. Sharick from the Screen Story by Gladys Unger, whose inspiration was presumably Charles Dickens. An early copy of this genre of books. Very Good.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. Hard Cover. First Edition. Scuffing and wear to cover boards, sunning to spine has darkened slightly, small tears at head and foot, losses to bumped corners. Slighlty shaken in boards, Ex-Library with college library stamp on first free endpaper, foot of text block and tear to rear first free endpaper where card pocket was removed. Slight yellowing of paper due to age. Made into two separate films, the 1934 version starring Edward Arnold, Claire Dodd and George Raft; the 1942 film noir version starred Brian Donlevy, Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake. Good.
New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2009. Hardcover. Limited Edition. xi, 252 pp. Folio. Red cloth boards with title blind embossed on front board, gold embossed to spine. Housed in matching red cloth slipcase.
Second installment in an exceptional work that both explains the rise in film noir but also features the books that inspired the films. An important refernce work for any bibliophile with an interest in film and mid-century America. Printed in a Deluxe Limited Edition of 110 copies, this is copy #23 and is signed by Kevin Johnson and Guy Maddin on the colophon. Fine.
New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2007. Hardcover. Limited Edition. xiii, 380 pp. Folio. Green cloth boards with title blind embossed on front board, gold embossed to spine. Housed in matching green cloth slipcase. Errata sheet laid in at rear.
An exceptional work that both explains the rise in film noir but also features the books that inspired the films. An important refernce work for any bibliophile with an interest in film and mid-century America. Printed in a Deluxe Limited Edition of 110 copies, this is copy #88 and is signed by Kevin Johnson and Paul Schrader on the colophon. Fine.
New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1957. Hard Cover. First Printing. First Printing. 244 pp. Light scuffing to dust jacket from shelf wear, small chips at edges, sunning to spine, now in mylar cover. Small stain at midpoint foredge of first free endpaper, clean within. Basis for the 1961 Rogers and Hammerstein Film/Musical of the same name. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922. Hard Cover. First Edition. First Printing with the switching of "Purdy" for "Lyte" on p. 49. Deep blue cloth cover with border and titling in orance and blue to front cover board and spine. Slight fraying to head of spine, small tear 1" from bottom and 1/4" long next to hinge, very minor bumping to corners. Fitted mylar dust jacket to protect boards. Clean within, slight yellowing to paper due to age. A very nice copy of an American Classic. Made into films in 1924 and 1934. Very Good.
Boston, MA: The American Humane Education Society, 1890. Wraps. First Edition. First American Edition. 245 pp., plus 16 pp. 12mo. Front cover has black type and a decorative ruled border. Rear cover has an advertisement for "Humane Publications." Covers and spine are aged, soiled, foxed and edge-worn. Spine hinges are cracked and/or split. Portions of the spine ends are missing. Corners are chipped. Contents are as follows: a one-page introduction to the founding and goals of the Humane Society by its President, Geo. T. Angell, opposite which is a list of various membership levels and dues and instructions for leaving bequests for "those who wish to remember in their wills our 'American Humane Education Society.'" There is a brief, ink, numerical notation at the top...
New York: William Morrow & Company, 1957. Hard Cover. First Edition. First American Edition. Preceded by Australian and English. Very slight wear at edges of dust jacket, minor age toning to white dust jacket edges on interior. Thin black blemish parallel to bottom edge on front and rear cover boards, most likely from an earlier dust jacket cover that was attached to the book itself which has also resulted in remnants of brown paper where it was removed from front and rear pastedowns. Made into the 1959 movie of the same name starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire and Anthony Perkins. Photographs gladly provided. Very Good / Very Good.
New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979. Hard Cover. First Edition. First Printing. Slight scuffing to dust jacket, small chip at head and foot of spine, minor age toning at edge of inner flaps from age and paper quality, in mylar cover. Interior clean and crisp with a deckled edge. Author's first book and winner of the National Book Award for First Novel and basis for the 1984 film starring Matthew Modine and Nicholas Cage. Knopf promotional flier laid in. Fine / Very Good.