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1 Niver, Kemp R. (edited by Bebe Bergsten) Mary Pickford, Comedienne [*SIGNED*]
Los Angeles Locare Research Group (c.1969) 091398602X / 9780913986028 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Signed by Author
[good solid copy, top front corner bumped; jacket lightly soiled and a little age-toned, minor wrinkling near top of front panel]. (B&W photographs, facsimiles) INSCRIBED ("To Sydney [sic] Solow") and SIGNED by the author on the title page. Essentially a "films-of-Mary Pickford" chronicle, but limited to only those films in which she "appeared as a comedienne, either as the principal actress, or in a supporting role" for the Biograph Company from 1909 through 1912; the illustrations consist primarily of reproductions of "Biograph Bulletins" (the company's trade ads) and frame blow-ups from the films themselves. "During the almost three years that Mary Pickford was with the Biograph Company, she averaged at least one film a week. Most of her roles were dramatic, and quite often she played the part of an Indian maiden. [D.W.] Griffith, however, recognized her ability as a comedienne and whenever he had a suitable story cast her in that manner. Much has been said of Mary's subsequent world-renown as a dramatic motion picture star, but rarely has her talent as a comedienne been given the attention it warrants." (The inscribee was Sidney P. Solow, longtime head of Consolidated Film Industries, one of Hollywood's major film laboratories, back when Hollywood had film laboratories. The author was an important early figure in film preservation, largely responsible for the restoration of films from the Paper Print Collection at the Library of Congress.) Signed by Author 
Price: 100.00 USD
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2 Niver, Kemp R. (edited by Bebe Bergsten) The First Twenty Years: A Segment of Film History
Los Angeles Locare Research Group (c.1968) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[moderate shelfwear to bottom edge, otherwise a clean, sound copy, with tiny bookstore rubber-stamped name on ffep, bookstore label on copyright page; light soiling and handling wear to mostly-white jacket, a few tiny tears at spine ends]. (B&W photographs) Using frame blow-ups from film prints in the Library of Congress Paper Print Collection (which he was instrumental in saving from destruction), the author provides an illuminating look at the cinema in its infancy. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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