Original Manuscripts from Royal Books, Inc.

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N.p.: N.p., 1983. Vintage setlist, executed in holograph marker in the distinctive hand of bassist, songwriter, and founding Black Flag member, Chuck Dukowski, circa 1982-1983. Authenticated as being Dukowski's hand, and loosely dated by Henry Rollins, the 19 song setlist features songs Black Flag had in heavy rotation in the summer of 1982, around July 2, 1982 release of… Read more
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Little Shoes (Original manuscript for the 1951 short story)

by Jack Lewis

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1951
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$450.00

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N.p.: N.p., 1951. Vintage manuscript for a short story, originally published in the December, 1951 issue of "The Link" magazine. With a few holograph pencil annotations throughout addressing grammatical revisions. On Christmas Eve in South Korea, a soldier with tiny feet decides gives his new shoes to a small Korean boy who has been traveling with his outfit.… Read more
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Murder in the Walls (Original manuscript for the 1971 novel)

by [Charles Bronson] Richard Martin Stern (author)

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Published
1971
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$375.00

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New York: Scribner's, 1971. Internally reproduced Agency Draft manuscript for the 1971 mystery novel. Laid in with the text is a short typed note dated October 18, 1971, from casting agent Paul Kohner to actor Charles Bronson, requesting that Kohner have Bronson read the manuscript. Richard Martin Stern's first novel in the Johnny Ortiz series, wherein a prostitute… Read more
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N.p.: N.p., 1963. Original spirit duplication instructions for Allan Kaprow's "Tree, A Happening," a performance art piece which took place as part of The Yam Festival, at painter and sculptor George Segal's farm in South Brunswick, New Jersey, on May 19, 1963, with Kaprow's contemporary signature, "Kaprow May '63" in holograph ink on top of first page. The instructions… Read more
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$1,500.00
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The Last Chance (Original manuscript for the 1976 novel)

by Rona Jaffe

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1976
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$450.00

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N.p.: N.p., 1976. Draft manuscript for the 1976 novel. With xerographically duplicated holograph annotations, all substantive changes, on nearly every page. The author's ninth novel, about a group of friends, four women their late thirties. Loose leaves, ordered but unbound. Title page present, with credits for novelist RONA JAFFE. Approximately 320 leaves, with last leaf of text… Read more
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The Rivals (Original script for an unproduced play)

by Richard Sheridan (playwright); June Shannon (adaptation)

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Published
1950
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$1,650.00

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N.p.: N.p., 1950. Ribbon copy typed manuscript for an unproduced play, with essays on the history of the project, the production, casting, and set/costume design written by June Shannon, a drama student at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. With extensive holograph annotations in ink and pencil on virtually every page, and 15 hand painted watercolor sketches of set and… Read more
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N.p.: [G.P. Putnam's Sons / Viking Press], 2007. Archive containing the author's original corrected printed typescript and corrected galleys for the 2007 novel, both dated February 2006. Annotations in both documents by author William Gibson and a proofreader in various colors of holograph ink (typically Gibson's are in red and proofreaders' are in green). The second novel… Read more
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$6,500.00
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(Los Angeles): N.p., 1981. First draft manuscript for the 1984 novel, dated 1981, and here under the working title "L.A. Death Trip." INSCRIBED by Ellroy on one of two title pages (with another unused title, "Because the Night," crossed out), in which the author identifies this typed manuscript as a "precursor" draft to "Blood on the Moon" and specifies… Read more
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$8,500.00
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The Condor and the Serpent (Original manuscript screenplay for an unproduced film)

by Nick and Ben Roberts Davis Hurk (screenwriters); Nick Hurk and Ben Roberts Davis writing as Hurk Davis (novel)

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1982
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$475.00

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N.p.: N.p., 1982. Original handwritten manuscript for an unproduced film. Laid in with the script is an undated revision page, as well as a receipt from Fisher Graphics itemizing two copies of the script be printed and collated. Based on the 1968 novel "Legion of Outcasts" by Nick Hurk and Ben Roberts Davis writing as Hurk Davis. A… Read more
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London: Victor Gollancz, 1984. Setting Copy and Publisher's Uncorrected Proof for the 1984 novel "Lies, Inc," the posthumously-published first appearance of author Philip K. Dick's revised novel written from his earlier short story "The Unteleported Man." First published in 1964 in Fantastic Magazine, the rights to "The Unteleported Man" were subsequently purchased by Ace Books, and Dick… Read more
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$5,500.00
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Nog (Original first draft manuscript and archive for the 1968 novel)

by Rudy Wurlitzer

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1968
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$30,000.00

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N.p.: N.p., 1968. Archive of manuscript material for Rudolph Wurlitzer's 1968 debut novel "Nog," including a complete first draft of the novel, showing significant differences from the published version and with an unpublished final chapter, and over 300 loose manuscript pages, both with extensive holograph annotations throughout. As complete and detailed an archive regarding a writer's creative process as… Read more
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N.p.: N.p., 1974. Draft manuscript for an unpublished novel, circa 1974. The Saroyan collection at UC Berkeley holds two copies of the manuscript, with slightly shortened titles, from which we date our copy. White untitled self wrappers. Title page present, with credits for novelist William Saroyan. 141 leaves, with last leaf of text numbered 139.… Read more
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$225.00
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N.p.: N.p., 1970. Draft manuscript for an unpublished collection of early work. Most of the pieces, which include plays, short stories, and poems, were written in the 1940s, and have been published in various editions or collections subsequent to this manuscript. Presumably unpublished material includes occasional brief notes or reflections on the pieces by Williams, alternate versions,… Read more
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N.p.: N.p., 1974. Original manuscript for an unproduced play, circa 1974. The Saroyan collection at UC Berkeley holds a single copy of the manuscript, from which we date our copy. A follow up to Saroyan's earlier play "Sam the Highest Jumper of Them All." 21 pages, with the last leaf of text numbered 18. Mimeograph… Read more
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Trig Tratatat (Original manuscript for an published story)

by Williams Saroyan

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
1964
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$125.00

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N.p.: N.p., 1964. Original manuscript for an unpublished short story, circa 1974. The Saroyan collection at UC Berkeley holds two copies of the manuscript, from which we date our copy. 10 pages, with the last leaf of text numbered 7. Mimeograph duplication. Near Fine overall without wrappers as issued, bound with a corner staple. … Read more
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N.p.: N.p., 1976. Draft manuscript for an unpublished short story, circa 1976. The Saroyan collection at UC Berkeley holds two copies of the manuscript, from which we date our copy. Teal titled Studio Duplicating Service wrappers. Title page present, with credits for novelist William Saroyan. 36 leaves, with last leaf of text numbered 35. Mimeograph… Read more
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The Crips (Original typescript for an unproduced film)

by Edward A. Townsend

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Royal Books, Inc.
Published
N.d.
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$500.00

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N.p.: N.p., N.d.. Typescript draft for an unproduced film. A soldier's father is killed when witnessing a gang hit in Los Angeles and the soldier, on 30 day leave from his tour in Vietnam in order to attend his father's funeral, is out for revenge. A blunt condemnation of violent gangs. Lacking wrappers, as issued.… Read more
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image of No City for Dreaming: A Memoir on the Murder of Marilyn Monroe [The Long Time Ago: A Missing Journal of L.A. Detective Pat McIntosh; No City for Dreaming: The Unpublished Journal of Pat McIntosh; The Most of Everything: The Missing Journal of Philip Marlowe] (Archive of 3 typescript treatment drafts for the 2002 novel)

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N.p.: N.p., 1978. Archive of three typescript drafts relating to author Don O'Melveny's novel, "No City for Dreaming: A Memoir on the Murder of Marilyn Monroe." Each draft is accompanied by an autograph letter signed explaining the premise of its manuscript. Though the drafts date between 1978-1979, the novel was not published until 2002. From the archive… Read more
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24 [Vierundzwanzig] Stunden aus dem Leben [Twenty-four hours in the life of a woman] (Typescript of novel, with corrections by Lil Dagover)

by Stefan [Stephan] Zweig (author); Lil Dagover (actress, reader)

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Published
1960
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N.p.: N.p., 1960. Bound carbon typescript of Stefan Zweig's 1927 novella, made for the purpose of use by German actress Lil Dagover for her reading of same for the 1963 German LP, "Lil Dagover spricht Stefan Zweig." Dagover's name is in blue holograph ink on the front board, then again with her German address on the front endpaper, then… Read more
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La Sauvage [Restless Heart] (Original script for the 1938 play)

by Jean Anouilh

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Published
1938
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Paris: Editions Georges Marton, 1938. Original carbon typescript for the 1938 play in agency wrappers. The play debuted at the Theatre des Mathurins in Paris on January 11, 1938 and ran for 100 performances. First published in the collection "Pieces noires" (Calmann-Levy, 1942) and published in English as "Restless Heart" (Methuen, 1957). Beige agency wrappers, 108 leaves,… Read more
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