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The Godfather. by  Mario Puzo - Signed First Edition - 1969 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 114542)

The Godfather.

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The Godfather.

by Puzo, Mario

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New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1969. First edition of Puzo's definitive novel of the Mafia underworld. Octavo, original half black cloth. Signed by both Mario Puzo on the the title page. Additionally signed on the front free endpaper and pastedown by director Francis Ford Coppola, producer Albert S. Ruddy, actors Al Pacino, Robert Duvall and Robert De Niro. Puzo and Coppola both won an Oscar for the best adapted screenplay for The Godfather. Fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket art by S. Neil Fujita. A most unique example. A searing novel of the Mafia underworld, The Godfather introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones, and the powerful legacy of tradition, blood, and honor that was passed on from father to son. "A voyeur's dream, a skillful fantasy of violent personal power" (New York Times). It was made into the 1972 film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy, starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. It was the highest-grossing film of 1972 and was for a time the highest-grossing film ever made. It won the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor (Brando) and Best Adapted Screenplay (for Puzo and Coppola). Its seven other Oscar nominations included Pacino, James Caan, and Robert Duvall for Best Supporting Actor and Coppola for Best Director. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest films in world cinema and one of the most influential, especially in the gangster genre. It was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1990, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and is ranked the second-greatest film in American cinema (behind Citizen Kane) by the American Film Institute. It was followed by sequels The Godfather Part II (1974) and The Godfather Part III (1990).

Synopsis

The Godfather is a classic crime novel by Mario Puzo, detailing the story of a fictional Mafia family in New York in the 1940s and 1950s. This novel introduced America to the first family of crime fiction - the Corleones, and it remains a classic in American popular culture. Power, greed, and family loyalty all play out in this portrayal of the mafia underworld. Author Mario Puzo wrote the book based on his personal need for the cash advance, and the paperback rights for The Godfather went on to sell for a record $410,000. The mega-blockbuster 1972 film directed by Francis Ford Coppola featured Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and James Caan, among others.

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Bookseller
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
114542
Title
The Godfather.
Author
Puzo, Mario
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
G.P. Putnam's Sons
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1969
Keywords
Godfather Signed First Edition, Mario Puzo Autograph, Mario Puzo signed, The Godfather first edition
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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.

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jacket
Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps...[more]
title page
A page at the front of a book which may contain the title of the book, any subtitles, the authors, contributors, editors, the...[more]
fine
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...[more]
G
Good describes the average used and worn book that has all pages or leaves present. Any defects must be noted. (as defined...[more]
Cloth
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octavo
Another of the terms referring to page or book size, octavo refers to a standard printer's sheet folded four times, producing...[more]
First Edition
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