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Johnny Got His Gun, Trumbo, Dalton
181 Trumbo, Dalton Johnny Got His Gun
New York/Philadelphia J.B. Lippincott Company (c.1939) NO Liberty Book Club Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [lightly worn book, minor bumping at spine ends, tiny dent in bottom of rear cover, small stain on fore-edge]. Trumbo's great anti-war novel, filmed much later (1971) when it was somewhat more compatible with the tenor of the times, with the author himself adapting and stepping behind the camera to direct. The Liberty Book Club, established in 1948 by Angus Cameron and Carl Marzani, kept a fair amount of left-leaning literature and history in print during the darkest days of the McCarthy Era. (Although this edition bears only the 1939 copyright date, it was probably issued circa 1950.) 
Price: 35.00 USD
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While the Crowd Cheers, Tunberg, Karl
182 Tunberg, Karl While the Crowd Cheers
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1935) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) "dun lany" 
[solid clean book, with just a touch of wear at spine ends; jacket shows some wear along bottom edge, fading to spine, soiling to rear panel]. Novel about a "smashing, handsome, blond All-American football giant whose name was in every headline," who married a "smart, sophisticated, gorgeous, hero-worshipping, and ambitious" girl -- and "what happened to them after the roar of the crowd settled down to an unrecognizable whisper." Purporting to be "the first and only authentic revelation of what happens to the boys who are the scapegoats of the modern football racket, and to the girls who love them," it was the only published novel by this noted screenwriter, Oscar-nominated for TALL, DARK AND HANDSOME (1941) and BEN-HUR (1959). 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Some Go Up, Tupper, Samuel Jr.
183 Tupper, Samuel Jr. Some Go Up
New York Robert M. McBride & Company 1931 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Loederer 
[minor shelfwear, light soiling to top of text block; jacket somewhat soiled and spotted, mild edgewear, a couple of tiny nicks at bottom of rear panel]. Novel about "white folks of the wide-awake modern South . . . dealing with fortune's universal seesaw, as experienced by two Southern families." The author, a native of Atlanta, presumably knew wherefrom he wrote; he published only two novels, both quite scarce, of which this was the first. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Fathers are Funny, Van de Water, Frederic F.
184 Van de Water, Frederic F. Fathers are Funny
New York The John Day Company (c.1939) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Brehm[?] 
(price-clipped) [light shelfwear, mild bumping to top corners, one-time owner's signature and date at top of ffep; jacket a little worn along top and bottom edges, one tiny chip at bottom of front panel]. The author, "a father of twenty years experience" offers his "genial but rueful report on a job which he says is a 'combination of adventure, blindman's buff, guerrilla warfare and crossword puzzle.' ... He traces the ordeals and mystifications of a father from that first small cry in the maternity ward down through the myriad knotty problems of table manners, religion, swing music, sex, morality and, in a peculiarly poignant chapter, the expensive vagaries of 'modernistic progressive education.'" A perfect Father's Day gift -- for your son. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Wrong Body, Van Sickle, V.A.
185 Van Sickle, V.A. The Wrong Body
New York/London Alfred A. Knopf 1937 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) [Ervine] Metzl 
(in Grosset & Dunlap reissue dust jacket) [moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, very slight fraying to cloth at top of spine, top front corner bumped; jacket shows a little wear at edges and corners, faint staining at bottom corner of rear panel]. Mystery novel with a resurrectionist angle, involving a racketeer who's died in prison -- well, actually, he's basically volunteered to be executed by carbon monoxide gas, as part of his agreement to be the subject of an experimental technique designed to bring victims of such poisoning back to life -- the condition for his cooperation being that if it works, he'll be pardoned and set free. But just at the critical moment, the Governor of the State accidentally dies of carbon monoxide poisoning(!), and is brought into the operating chamber and placed on the next table. The doctor "proceeds to perform a double experiment. The blood is drawn out of both bodies, treated, and re-injected. Both men recover. But something has gone wrong...." (Wasn't there a Boris Karloff movie with a plot something like this?) This seems to have been the author's only published book; institutional holdings are pretty slim, with just a dozen copies recorded by OCLC. [NOTE that although the book itself is the first (Knopf) edition, the dust jacket has been supplied from a Grosset & Dunlap reprint; the illustration appears to be identical with the original.] 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Power of the Sun, Van Slyke, Beren
186 Van Slyke, Beren Power of the Sun
New York Dodd, Mead & Company 1931 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) des Rosieres 
[some soiling/spotting along top and bottom edges of book's covers (keep the jacket on and you'll never notice); jacket itself is very nice shape, with just a touch of wear to the extremities]. The romance of an American girl, Cecily, who, "stopping off as a casual visitor, en route for Paris ... finds herself enchanted by the Provençal country and by the men and women who people it. The shining desert of La Camargue, with its herds of great, black bulls, the charm and hospitality of the lords of the ranches, the feudal loyalty and almost mediaeval simplicity of the peasants -- these and a thousand other sights and characteristics of the land of Mistral exercise a strange fascination over her." (One of the novel's other principal characters is named Agatha Cristie.) "Beren van Slyke" was the pen name of poet Berenice Heaton (1889-1977), wife of the pioneering Swiss-American glass artist Maurice Heaton. She seems to have published three novels (all very uncommon) under this name during the 1930s, and there were also a number of possibly self-published books of "country poems" attributed to her in the 1950s and 1960s. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Only Victims: A Study of Show Business Blacklisting [*SIGNED*], Vaughn, Robert
187 Vaughn, Robert Only Victims: A Study of Show Business Blacklisting [*SIGNED*]
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1972) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Judith Kazdym Leeds Signed by Author
[nice solid clean copy, just minor wear to book; jacket slightly faded at spine, tiny closed tear at bottom of front panel]. Fulsomely INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. This deeply-researched study of blacklisting in the entertainment business (covering not just the movies but also theatre, radio and television) was first written as a Ph.D. thesis at the University of Southern California by the noted actor, best remembered as "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.", Napoleon Solo. Incorporating interviews and correspondence with people who provided "new primary evidence," it was the most comprehensive analysis of its subject that had been published at that time, and was an important work in the modern mythologizing of the Hollywood Ten (including Dalton Trumbo, from whose notorious "only victims" statement Vaughn took his title). Foreword by Senator George McGovern. Signed by Author 
Price: 150.00 USD
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"Movies Were Always Magical": Interviews with 19 Actors, Directors, and Producers from the Hollywood of the 1930s through the 1950s, Verswijver, Leo
188 Verswijver, Leo "Movies Were Always Magical": Interviews with 19 Actors, Directors, and Producers from the Hollywood of the 1930s through the 1950s
Jefferson NC/London McFarland & Company, Inc. (c.2003) 0-7864-1129-5 / 9780786411290 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[a little curling to the front cover, otherwise nice and clean with just minimal handling wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) The interviewees: actors Pat Boone, Jeff Corey, Beverly Garland, Kathryn Grayson, Jane Greer, Janet Leigh, Joan Leslie, Sheree North, Janis Paige, Luise Rainer, Paula Raymond, John Saxon, Jane Withers, and Jane Wyatt; producers/directors Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Stanley Kramer, Vincent Sherman, Robert Wise, and Fred Zinnemann. The interviews, conducted by the author (a Belgian schoolteacher), aren't presented in Q&A-transcript form, but rather as often-lengthy quotes dropped into brief career essays on each individual; each entry is padded out a bit with notes and a filmography. Includes a 2003 letter from the author to director-interviewee Vincent Sherman, from whose estate this book was acquired, laid in. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The Best Man: A Play About Politics [*SIGNED*], Vidal, Gore
189 Vidal, Gore The Best Man: A Play About Politics [*SIGNED*]
Boston Little, Brown and Company (c.1960) Fireside BCE Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Norman Law Signed by Author
[moderate wear to top and bottom edges of covers, spine slightly turned; jacket a little edgeworn, faint browning to spine, a few teeny-weeny nicks at top and bottom edges of flaps]. (photo covers) INSCRIBED with the inscribee's name and SIGNED ("from / Gore Vidal") on the half-title page. Vidal's incisive drama about hardball political campaigning, which he adapted for the well-regarded 1964 movie version starring Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson, under the direction of Franklin Schaffner, a film which retains much of its bite even today. Signed by Author 
Price: 150.00 USD
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The Judgment of Paris [*SIGNED*], Vidal, Gore
190 Vidal, Gore The Judgment of Paris [*SIGNED*]
New York E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc. 1952 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) George Salter Signed by Author
[moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, light spotting on top edge of text block, light staining to top edge of spine cloth; jacket edgeworn and lightly browned at edges, small stain at bottom corner of rear panel, very slight paper loss at spine ends and along bottom edge (insect nibbling?)]. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Vidal's re-casting "in modern terms [of] the ancient legend of Paris and the Golden Apple" to tell the story of "a young American's year in post-war Italy, Egypt and France, of his adventures among the foreign cities, of his affairs with three temptresses, goddesses in modern terms, and finally of the decision he makes."170909cq Signed by Author 
Price: 150.00 USD
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The Kindness of Strangers, Viertel, Salka
191 Viertel, Salka The Kindness of Strangers
New York Holt, Rinehart and Winston (c.1969) 0-03-076470-X / 9780030764707 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Winston G. Potter 
(price-clipped) [nice tight sound copy, light dust-soiling to top of text block, slight discoloration to half-title page; jacket in very nice condition, faint wear to extremities, would rate Near Fine but for the price-clipping]. (B&W photo frontispiece) Fascinating memoir by the screenwriter whose Santa Monica Canyon home served as a gathering spot for the cultural and intellectual crème de la crème of European émigrés in Southern California during the 1930s and 1940s -- fascinating not least because of our knowledge (from other sources) that some of the most interesting parts of the author's life, e.g. her intimate friendships with Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo (especially her role as confidante/advisor to the latter), couldn't actually be told, since both ladies were still living at the time of its publication. (Author Diana McLellan characterized this book as "like Salka, charming, articulate, and untruthful.") Nevertheless, it's an absorbing first-hand account of an era in which such legendary figures as Garbo, Sergei Eisenstein, Thomas Mann, Franz Werfel, Berthold Brecht, Arnold Schoenberg, Ernst Lubitsch, Irving Thalberg, S.N. Behrman, Christopher Isherwood, and Fred Zinnemann -- all of whom make significant appearances in these pages -- were at the forefront of artistic, literary and cinematic creativity. "Many came [from Europe] to the United States, and it was from these giants that the American film industry and the golden age of Hollywood were born. Salka Viertel, actress and writer, was one of the rare talents at the center of this creative storm, and its migration." 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The Curse of the Tarniffs, von Keyserling, (Count) Edouard (translated by Arthur J. Ashton)
192 von Keyserling, (Count) Edouard (translated by Arthur J. Ashton) The Curse of the Tarniffs
New York The Macaulay Company (c.1928) First American Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Carroll C. Snell [?] 
[light wear to extremities, slight bumping to top of spine; jacket mildly edgeworn and lightly soiled, spine a bit faded, short split at bottom rear foldover]. "The story of three women contending for a handsome aristocrat." Originally published in Germany in 1903, as "Beate und Mareile," those being the names of two of the women who have their hearts broken (or, perhaps, cursed) by Count Gunther von Tarniff. The author in his heyday was at the forefront of German literary Impressionism; a number of his books were translated into English in the late 1920s, about a decade after his death. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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It's Different for a Woman, Ward, Mary Jane
193 Ward, Mary Jane It's Different for a Woman
New York Random House (c.1952) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) H. Lawrence Hoffman 
[a little shelfwear to bottom edge, slight fraying to cloth at one top corner, light staining to spine cloth; jacket heavily edgeworn, rubbed/scuffed, internal browning/discoloration (not noticeable from exterior)]. You thought "The Snake Pit," the author's semi-autobiographical 1946 best-seller giving a patient's-eye view of a psychiatric hospital, was harrowing? Well, brace yourself for this horrifying tale of a fortyish housewife's navigation of the perils of domestic life in the suburbs. Oh, I know, the jacket design and blurb try to soft-pedal it as a "gay and true-to-life story" of an Everywoman coping with certain garden-variety problems like "a handful of in-laws, two children in love and a husband with a roving eye," but don't be fooled! Why, just in the opening pages we find poor Sally worrying over such diverse topics as her failing eyesight, a suspected throat cancer, and the difficulty of finding good watercress -- and, at the urging of her good friend Patricia, considering undergoing a hysterectomy (euphemistically called the "North Shore Operation") in order to maintain her youthful appearance! OK, well, I'm being a little facetious here -- Mary Jane Ward was no Shirley Jackson -- but still, I don't quite trust the cheery packaging, especially given the author's known history of mental illness (she was hospitalized for psychiatric issues three more times, post-"Snake Pit") prior to her death in 1981. (It's also worth noting, perhaps, that following this book it was 17 years before she published another novel.) 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Vile Bodies, Waugh, Evelyn
194 Waugh, Evelyn Vile Bodies
New York Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith 1930 First American Edition Hardcover Second Printing Very Good in Good dj 
[spine turned, bumping and slight cracking at several corners (slight exposure of boards at top and bottom corners of front cover), wear/fading to cloth at ends of spine, spine lettering partially rubbed away; jacket moderately soiled, shallow chipping at both ends of spine, tiny tears at a couple of corners]. Second printing (one month after the first) of the first American edition of Waugh's second novel, a scathing satire of England's so-called "bright young things" and their dissolute ways. Basis for the 2003 film BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS, written and directed by Stephen Fry. Fun fact: the Diana of "Bryan and Diana Guinness," to whom the book is dedicated, was the third of the six Mitford sisters. A bright (and beautiful) young thing, indeed, at the time of the novel's publication she was a glamorous society hostess -- but before the decade was out she had become a virtual pariah in her own country, having by then divorced Bryan Guinness and married Oswald Mosley, head of the British Union of Fascists; as a result of the couple's having been pretty cozy with the Nazis (I mean, they were married at Joseph Goebbels's home in Berlin, fer gawsh sakes, with Adolf Hitler among the guests), they spent most of World War II in prison. (Later printings of the novel change the dedication to read "Bryan Moyne and Diana Mosley.") The very uncommon dust jacket (different in design from the original English edition) has a "Second printing" slug at the bottom of the front flap, but in all other respects seems to be identical to the first printing of the American jacket. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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Webster's Bridge: Thirty-Six Cartoons by H.T. Webster; with some unsolicited advice on How Not to Play Bridge, by William Johnston, Webster, H.T., and William Johnston
195 Webster, H.T., and William Johnston Webster's Bridge: Thirty-Six Cartoons by H.T. Webster; with some unsolicited advice on How Not to Play Bridge, by William Johnston
New York Frederick A. Stokes Company 1928 (c.1924) 4th printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by H.T. Webster 
[nice clean book with just a trace of wear to lower extremities; jacket also clean and attractive, with one tiny closed tear at bottom of front panel and very slight paper loss at bottom right corner of front panel]. (cartoon drawings) Says the author in his Foreword: "I am hoping that what I have here written about how not to play bridge will have as much value, as what has been written on how to play it. In any event Mr. H.T. Webster's humorous pictures in this little volume illustrate the evils of playing bridge badly and the violations of auction etiquette much more vividly and humanly than any mere words could do." Webster was best known for his creation of Caspar Milquetoast (aka "The Timid Soul"), who he described as "the man who speaks softly and gets hit with a big stick," and who made regular appearances in Webster's cartoon feature in the New York World and, later, the Herald-Tribune. A very nice example of the uncommon dust jacket. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Naked Hollywood, Weegee [Arthur Fellig] (photographs) and Mel Harris (text)
196 Weegee [Arthur Fellig] (photographs) and Mel Harris (text) Naked Hollywood
New York Pellegrini & Cudahy (c.1953) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Designers 3 
[light wear to book's extremities, otherwise clean inside and out; jacket shows some wear at corners and spine ends, a couple of diagonal crease lines at bottom right corner of front panel, small chip at bottom edge of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) During a four-year stint in Tinseltown, the famed New York street photographer turned his eye and camera on the Hollywood scene, and although the results are presented here as "a shocking, outrageously funny, and artistically brilliant documentary," I'm not sure "documentary" is quite the appropriate term. Quite a few of his photos are manipulated in rather obvious ways (double-exposures, a woman depicted with three breasts, etc.), and have a bit more to do with his penchant for the bizarre than with any sort of realistic representation of a person or scene. Overall, though, the tension between his gritty street aesthetic and the purportedly "glamorous" world of movies and movie people captures something of the essence of a post-WWII Hollywood that was definitely beginning to show a few cracks at its seams. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Strictly Dishonorable [Photoplay Edition], Weil, Joseph (from the play by Preston Sturges)
197 Weil, Joseph (from the play by Preston Sturges) Strictly Dishonorable [Photoplay Edition]
New York Grosset & Dunlap (c.1931) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Good dj Illustrated by (dj) Skrenda 
[nice tight clean copy with minimal shelfwear; jacket well-worn at folds, front hinge split about one-third up from bottom, minor paper loss at spine extremities, light spotting on front panel]. (4 B&W film stills) Photoplay Edition, a novelization of Preston Sturges's play of the same name (his first big success, a hit on Broadway in 1929), issued to coincide with the release of the 1931 Universal film adaptation starring Paul Lukas and Sidney Fox. Illustrated with four stills from the film (frontispiece + 3 in text). The original Sturges play, thanks to his subsequent fame, remains fairly easy to find today (it was reprinted in a 1988 anthology of "lost" plays), but this particular novelized adaptation is relatively scarce. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Soldiers' Women, Wendler, Otto Bernhard (translated from the German by Ian F.D. Morrow)
198 Wendler, Otto Bernhard (translated from the German by Ian F.D. Morrow) Soldiers' Women
New York/London Harper & Brothers 1930 NO First American Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[good sound book, just a touch of wear to extremities, light spotting to fore-edge, vintage price sticker (from San Francisco department store The White House) on rear pastedown; jacket has 2.5" split at bottom of rear foldover, minor soiling/creasing to rear panel]. "Perhaps this is the first book to touch on that particular aspect of war; the soldiers and their women. The domestic histories of four or five men brought together by chance into the same platoon forms the chief theme of the book. Through the stories of these farmers and tradespeople and their wives we understand the horror and the misery that grows out of the enforced separation of the sexes." Wendler (1895-1968) was a German writer and educator, who published several novels and also wrote in what we would today call the Young Adult genre. This book, his very uncommon first novel (published in Germany in 1929 as "Soldiers Marieen"), was founded largely on his own military experience in World War I. When the Nazis came to power he was dismissed from his position as rector at a Catholic school, and a number of his books were banned; he remained in Germany, writing sometimes under a pseudonym, and also working as a screenwriter thanks in large measure to his longtime acquaintance with producer-director Robert Stemmle. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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The Modern "Rake's Progress", West, Rebecca; illustrated by David Low
199 West, Rebecca; illustrated by David Low The Modern "Rake's Progress"
London Hutchinson & Co. 1934 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by David Low 
[moderate shelfwear, minor bumping/rubbing to top corners, slight exposure of board at bottom corner of front cover, Christmas gift inscription (non-authorial) dated 1934 on ffep; jacket somewhat edgeworn, small chip at top right corner of rear panel, some paper loss at top corners of spine, small closed tears and associated creasing at bottom corners of front panel, shallow chipping along bottom edge of rear panel; all in all, though, still a colorful and attractive example of the scarce original jacket]. (color illustrations) A collaboration between West, "England's cleverest woman writer," and Low, "the greatest cartoonist in the world," a satirical portrait of contemporary English cultural life -- "night-clubs, the theatre, Fleet Street--and the personalities of each" -- modeled after William Hogarth's famous series of paintings depicting the downfall of the wastrel son of a rich merchant, who diddles away his inherited fortune on gambling, prostitution and all-around spendthriftery. Low's double-page panorama illustrations aren't direct takeoffs of Hogarth's, and there are more of them (twelve to the original eight), but they are similarly crowded with character and incident, and mirror the content of the book's chapters, with titles like "The Rake Gives a Cocktail Party," "The Rake Invests in the Movies," and "The Rake at the End of His Tether." Hogarth's original Rake descended into violence and madness, and in the final painting of the series has been confined in Bedlam; West and Low's modern version doesn't have quite such a grim ending -- the protagonist just gets kicked out of his hotel and is last seen standing in a breadline on the street, as befitting the Depression Era in which the book appeared. Very seldom encountered in the original dust jacket. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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The Westmores of Hollywood [*SIGNED*], Westmore, Frank, and Muriel Davidson
200 Westmore, Frank, and Muriel Davidson The Westmores of Hollywood [*SIGNED*]
Philadelphia/New York J.B. Lippincott Company (c.1976) 0-397-01102-4 / 9780397011025 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Wendell Minor Signed by Author
[spotting to bottom edge, otherwise a solid, apparently unread copy; jacket very nice except for some minor scraping along the lower front hinge and at one tiny spot near the top of the spine]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the ffep by the author, with a warm inscription to William Tuttle, the longtime head of M-G-M's makeup department. The saga of Hollywood's makeup dynasty, told by the youngest of the six Westmore brothers. A terrific association copy between two legends of the makeup world; in his inscription Frank calls Bill "a great make up artist in the past, present and the future." Signed by Author 
Price: 150.00 USD
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