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The Alfred Hitchcock Murder Case (Original Manuscript with author's corrections)

The Alfred Hitchcock Murder Case (Original Manuscript with author's corrections)

by George Baxt

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New York: St. Martin's Press, 1986. Final corrected manuscript for George Baxt's novel, "The Alfred Hitchcock Murder Case," featuring his series character Jacob Singer, set in England between 1925-1936. Ribbon copy typescript, with manuscript pencil corrections by the author throughout. First published in 1986 by St. Martin's Press. 251 pages, Near Fine. In a custom clamshell box, with red leather title labels, titles and rule in gilt.
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Archer: The Turkish Connection (Original screenplay for the 1975 television episode)
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Archer: The Turkish Connection (Original screenplay for the 1975 television episode)

by Brian Keith, Marjoe Gortner, John P. Ryan (starring); Ross Macdonald (novels); David P. Harmon (screenwriter); Gary Nelson (director)

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Hollywood: Paramount Television / Leda Productions, 1974. Second Draft script for the first episode of season one of the 1975 television series. Copy belonging to an uncredited sound engineer, with his name and title on the front wrapper in manuscript ink. The series followed hardened Southern California private eye Lew Archer, a character originally created by novelist Ross Macdonald. In this episode, Archer investigates a con man exploiting naive teenagers out of their parents' money. The episode originally aired on January 30, 1975, on NBC. Orange titled wrappers, noted as SECOND DRAFT on the front wrapper, dated December 9, 1974. Title page present, noted as SECOND DRAFT, dated December 9, 1974, with credits for screenwriter David P. Harmon and novelist Ross Macdonald. 66 leaves, with last page of text numbered 61. Xerographic duplication, rectos only, with blue revision pages throughout, dated 12/12/74. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads.
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Archer in Hollywood: The Moving Target, The Way Some People Die, The Barbarous Coast (Signed...

Archer in Hollywood: The Moving Target, The Way Some People Die, The Barbarous Coast (Signed First Edition)

by Ross Macdonald

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1967. First Edition. First Edition, and first printing of this omnibus edition. INSCRIBED by the author on the front endpaper in the year of publication: "For Dorothy and Clarence / Still the best in-laws in the world / Ken / See p. vii of 'Foreword.'" The cited page reveals that Millar would write daily at his sister-in-law's apartment, and there produced the novel, "The Moving Target." Dorothy and Clarence Schlagel were Millar's in-laws, the sister and brother-law of his wife, Margaret Millar. Near Fine in a Very Good plus dust jacket. Light foxing to the page edges, and brief dampstains to the top page edges and rear pastedown. A small dampstain to the rear jacket flap, tiny closed tears at the jacket corners and spine ends, and light rubbing.
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The Asphalt Jungle (First Edition, MGM vault file copy)
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The Asphalt Jungle (First Edition, MGM vault file copy)

by W.R. Burnett

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. First Edition. First Edition. Likely unique copy from the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM] library, with the following identification markers on the front endpaper (1) a standard 1950s-era MGM receipt label affixed to the center of the page, (2) three rubber stamps running down the center that read "VAULT COPY," (3) three rubber stamps (each marked through) also running down the center that say "FILE COPY," (4) a rubber stamp at the top right corner indicating the film's production number, "5329," and (5) a rubber stamp reading "METRO-GOLDWYN LIBRARY / CULVER CITY" at the bottom right. Bottom margin of a few other pages also with the "METRO-GOLDWYN LIBRARY / CULVER CITY" rubber stamp, including the title page. Jacket has a strip of off-white fabric tape affixed to the bottom half of the spine, on rubber stamped "VAULT COPY," now faded but barely visible. Kept on file MGM during the making of the cornerstone 1950 film noir directed and adapted for the screen by John Huston… Read More
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The Asphalt Jungle (First Edition)

The Asphalt Jungle (First Edition)

by W.R. Burnett

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1949. First Edition. First Edition. Basis for the 1950 film noir directed and adapted for the screen by John Huston, starring Sterling Hayden, Sam Jaffe, and Marilyn Monroe. Very Good plus in a Very Good plus dust jacket. Board edges lightly rubbed and toned. Jacket lightly edgeworn, with a short closed tear on the heel. The Dark Page II: 1959-1965, p. 18.
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The Barbarous Coast (First Edition, Association Copy, inscribed to Otto Penzler)
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The Barbarous Coast (First Edition, Association Copy, inscribed to Otto Penzler)

by Kenneth Millar writing as Ross Macdonald

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1956. First Edition. First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author to noted book dealer, editor, and publisher Otto Penzler on the front endpaper: "Santa Barbara, Calif. / Sep. 8 1977 / To Otto Penzler / whose interest in this and other books of mine is a source of keen pleasure to me / Warmest regards / Ken Millar / Ross Macdonald." An attractive copy of the sixth Lew Archer novel. Near Fine in a Very Good plus dust jacket. Jacket is bright, but with soil on the rear panel and light edgewear. In a custom mustard cloth slipcase.
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Behold This Woman (First Edition)

Behold This Woman (First Edition)

by David Goodis

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New York: Appleton-Century, 1947. First Edition. First Edition. David Goodis' fourth book, one of five hardcover titles published prior to the author's permanent switch in preference to the world of paperback originals. Near Fine in an about Very Good dust jacket. Jacket has a small chip on the top left corner of the front panel and a lightly faded spine.
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Behold This Woman (First Edition)

Behold This Woman (First Edition)

by David Goodis

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New York: Appleton-Century, 1947. First Edition. First Edition. Goodis' fourth book, one of five hardcover titles published prior to the author's permanent switch in preference to the world of paperback originals. Fine in a lovely, Near Fine dust jacket. Jacket shows only the most minute rubbing at the extremities, and without a trace of the spine fading endemic to the this title.
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The Black Curtain (First Edition)
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The Black Curtain (First Edition)

by Cornell Woolrich

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New York: Simon and Schuster, 1941. First Edition. First Edition. The author's second mystery, basis for the 1942 film noir "Street of Chance," starring Burgess Meredith and Claire Trevor. Near Fine in an about Near Fine dust jacket. Jacket spine panel lightly faded, with minor rubbing at the spine ends and a couple of corners. In a custom green cloth clamshell box. The Dark Page I: 1940-1949, p. 286.
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Black Money (First Edition, Dedication Copy, inscribed to Robert Easton)
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Black Money (First Edition, Dedication Copy, inscribed to Robert Easton)

by Kenneth Millar writing as Ross Macdonald

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1966. First Edition. First Edition. Dedication Copy, INSCRIBED by the author to the book's dedicatee, writer and environmental activist Robert Easton, on the dedication page a month prior to publication: "King Kondor! / and a man I consider myself fortunate to know / Ken / Santa Barbara / December 1965." Easton and Kenneth Millar were longtime friends and Santa Barbara residents. Millar's inscription refers to their shared efforts in the mid-1960s to save the California condor, a species native to the Santa Barbara mountains that was nearing extinction in 1964. Millar would write the foreword to Easton's 1972 book "Black Tide," an exposé of the consequences of oil drilling on the California coastline. The thirteenth Lew Archer novel. Fine in an about Near Fine dust jacket. Jacket lightly rubbed at the corners and on the spine ends. An attractive association copy.
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The Blue Hammer (Signed First Edition)
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The Blue Hammer (Signed First Edition)

by Kenneth Millar writing as Ross Macdonald

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976. First Edition. First Edition. SIGNED by the author on the front endpaper. The 18th Lew Archer novel. Board edges lightly faded, else about Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket.
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Bressio (Photocopied corrected novel proof for an unproduced film)

Bressio (Photocopied corrected novel proof for an unproduced film)

by Richard Sapir

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New York: Dino De Laurentiis Corporation, 1970. Corrected proof of Sapir's 1975 novel, "Bressio," in wrappers bearing the address label of the Dino De Laurentiis Corporation, for uses of script development for an unproduced film. Sapir rose to prominence with the "Destroyer" novels in the 1960s, created with Warren Murphy. He also wrote "The Body" (1983), basis for Jonas McCord's 2001 film starring Antonio Banderas. Agency photocopy, not vintage, for research purposes only. Sapir's soft-hearted title character, Alphonse Joseph Bressio, is a hard-boiled investigator hired to look into some strange happenings in Greenwich Village. Mary Beth Cutler is paranoid about a government agent, and her pusher boyfriend L. Marvin Fleish is moving up the drug ladder. Black wrappers with title and address labels on the front wrapper. Title page present, noting publisher Random House and writer Sapir. Last leaf of text numbered 279. Xerographically reproduced. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound… Read More
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The Chair for Martin Rome (First Edition)
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The Chair for Martin Rome (First Edition)

by Henry Edward Helseth

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New York: Dodd, Mead, 1947. First Edition. First Edition. Basis for the 1948 film noir "Cry of the City," directed by Robert Siodmak, starring Victor Mature and Shelley Winters. An exceptional copy of a rare title. Near Fine in a bright, about Near Fine dust jacket. Jacket with a faint vertical crease and a touch of rubbing at the crown, along with a few tiny closed tear. In a custom green clamshell box. The Dark Page I: 1940-1949, p. 140.
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The Chill (First Edition, inscribed by the author to Paul Nelson)
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The Chill (First Edition, inscribed by the author to Paul Nelson)

by Kenneth Millar writing as Ross Macdonald

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964. First Edition. First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author to noted magazine editor and music critic Paul Nelson on the front endpaper: "New York / Apr. 27, 1976 / For Paul Nelson / in friendship / Ken." Paul Nelson worked as a music critic, magazine editor, and record executive for over five decades. He is best remembered for his work for "Rolling Stone" and "The Village Voice." Near Fine in an about Near Fine, lightly rubbed dust jacket.
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Cockfighter (First Hardcover Edition, inscribed in 1973)

Cockfighter (First Hardcover Edition, inscribed in 1973)

by Charles Willeford

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New York: Crown Publishers, 1972. First hardcover edition, preceded by a paperback original published by Chicago Paperback House in 1962. INSCRIBED by the author on the front endpaper, with typical dry wit: "To Palmer [and] Marge Carlson - / Your determination in getting this book almost-almost-matches Frank Mansfield's. My warmest personal regards. Yours, / Charles Willeford / 17 Feb 1973." Scarce signed. The "Frank Mansfield" to whom Willeford refers is the narrator of "Cockfighter," a disgraced gamecock trainer who has taken a vow of silence (which, at the start of the novel, has lasted over two years) until he wins the elusive Cockfighter of the Year Award. The author's uncommon second hardcover title. Basis for the 1972 Monte Hellman film, for which Willeford wrote the screenplay and played a key supporting role, starring Warren Oates in a little-known but brilliant performance as Mansfield. Fine and unread in a Very Good only dust jacket. Owner name matching the inscription on the front… Read More
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Cockfighter (First Edition)

Cockfighter (First Edition)

by Charles Willeford

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New York: Crown Publishers, 1972. First hardcover edition, preceded by a paperback original published by Chicago Paperback House in 1962. Basis for the 1972 Monte Hellman film, for which Willeford wrote the screenplay and played a key supporting role, and starred Warren Oates in a little-known but brilliant performance as Mansfield. Fine in a Near Fine price-clipped dust jacket.
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The Dain Curse (First Edition)
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The Dain Curse (First Edition)

by Dashiell Hammett

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930. First Edition. First Edition, first printing of the author's second novel, the second book appearance of the Continental Op. About Good lacking the dust jacket. Binding square, but with soiling and some spotting/staining to the boards; fore-edges chipped on a few pages, and droplet stains on a few of the internal pages. Layman A2.
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The Dark Tunnel (First Edition)

The Dark Tunnel (First Edition)

by [Ross Macdonald] Kenneth Millar

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New York: Dodd, Mead, 1944. First Edition. First Edition. A sharp copy of the author's first novel which introduced one of the giants of twentieth century crime fiction to the public. Fine in a bright, about Near Fine dust jacket, with jacket lightly chipped at spine ends and lightly rubbed at hinges.
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Detour (First Edition, association copy, inscribed in the year and month of publication)
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Detour (First Edition, association copy, inscribed in the year and month of publication)

by Martin M. Goldsmith

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New York: Macaulay, 1939. First Edition. First Edition. Association copy, INSCRIBED by the author in the year and month of publication to fellow screenwriter Walter C. Roberts: "January 3rd 1939 / To Walter C. Roberts / In friendship and as a belated Xmas gift. / Your friend / Martin M. Goldsmith." With the front panel and front flap of the excessively rare dust jacket tipped onto the rear endpapers, presumably by Roberts, and Roberts' bookplate and manuscript ink name and Paramount Pictures address noted on the front pastedown. Walter C. Roberts was a dialogue director for Paramount beginning in the 1930s, working mostly uncredited on Westerns and war movies, his most important known credit being his work on the revisionist Western "Warlock" in 1959. One of the rarest film noir source books, and among the earliest inscriptions we have ever encountered, having only seen one other dated in the month of publication. Basis for Edgar Ulmer's cornerstone film noir, for which Goldsmith also wrote the… Read More
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The Doomsters (First UK Edition, inscribed by the author)
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The Doomsters (First UK Edition, inscribed by the author)

by Kenneth Millar writing as Ross Macdonald

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London: Cassell, 1958. First UK Edition. INSCRIBED by the author on the front endpaper: "To Jake Zeithlin / with best wishes / Ken Millar / (Ross Macdonald)." The seventh book in the Lew Archer series. Generally considered the turning point in Macdonald's writing, where the author eclipsed the influence of Hammett and Chandler and found a distinctive voice as one of the greatest twentieth century authors of hard boiled fiction. Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. Evidence of discreet touch-up at the spine ends and the front flap fold.
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