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Esquire: The Magazine for Men (January 1965), (Hayes, Harold, ed.) [contributions by Tennessee Williams, Saul Bellow, Irwin Shaw, and others]
1 (Hayes, Harold, ed.) [contributions by Tennessee Williams, Saul Bellow, Irwin Shaw, and others] Esquire: The Magazine for Men (January 1965)
Chicago Esquire, Inc. 1965 NO (Vol. LXII, No. 1; whole no. 374) Magazine Very Good 
[moderate edgewear, a couple of tiny cracks in spine (integrity of binding not compromised); original publisher's "issue highlights" label affixed to front cover]. (B&W/color photographs, ads, etc.) The most notable pieces in this issue are "Mama's Old Stucco House," a previously unpublished story by Tennessee Williams, and "A Wen," a play in two scenes by Saul Bellow. The cover photo gallery (featuring the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jerry Lewis, Barry Goldwater, Herman Munster, Lyndon Johnson, and other notables of the day) promotes the 4th annual installment of the magazine's long-running "Dubious Achievement Awards" feature, which was snarkiness at its finest before "snarky" was even a word. Other articles/features: a profile of New York Giants quarterback Y.A. Tittle, by Irwin Shaw; "Death as a Game," a treatise on how to be a mystery writer, by Michael Innes; a feature on movie producer Joseph E. Levine's crash diet; "Boss Ladies," an article profiling four women in executive positions, with a full-page color photo of each (the four are: Mildred Custin, president of Bonwit Teller; Phyllis Jackson, a literary agent; Helen Van Slyke, president of House of Fragrance; and Eleanor Kilgallen, a vice-president of Music Corporation of America); an article, "The American Painter as a Blue Chip," illustrated with color photos of Andy Warhol (shopping for soup cans!), Jasper Johns, Larry Rivers, and others. 
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Esquire: The Magazine for Men (December 1959), (Hayes, Harold, ed.) [contributions by William Faulkner, Arthur Miller, Carson McCullers, Dorothy Parker, and others]
2 (Hayes, Harold, ed.) [contributions by William Faulkner, Arthur Miller, Carson McCullers, Dorothy Parker, and others] Esquire: The Magazine for Men (December 1959)
Chicago Esquire, Inc. 1959 NO (Vol. LII, No. 6; whole no. 313) Magazine Very Good 
[rubbing to covers, small tear in right edge of front cover, another small tear and just a bit of paper loss at bottom of rear cover adjacent to spine]. (B&W/color photographs, ads, etc.) An exceptionally rich issue of this generally exceptional magazine. For starters, there are six pieces of fiction in English ("Mink Snopes" by William Faulkner; "End of a Relationship" by Alberto Moravia; "I Don't Need You Any More" by Arthur Miller; "Wake Before Bomb" by Wright Morris; "The Man Who Looked Like Jesus" by Howard Fast; "Actress with Red Garters" by Allan Seager), and another in translation: "A Revenge" by Thomas Mann (written when he was 24). Also notable: "Tribute to a Designer," about William Addison Dwiggins, by Alfred A. Knopf; "Un Petite Drame," a hitherto unpublished one-act play by George Bernard Shaw (called here "the first written" by him, dating to 1884); pictorial essays "The Comden-Green Film Festival" and "The Dark World of John Barrymore" (the latter being reproductions of a number of drawings and sketches by the actor); "Footnotes on [F. Scott] Fitzgerald" by his secretary Frances Kroll Ring; an essay by Irwin Shaw, "The Passing of the Four Seasons"; an article about Julia Moore, "The World's Worst Poet"; a short poem by Emperor Hirohito of Japan; an essay, "The Flowering Dream; notes on writing" by Carson McCullers; and book reviews by Dorothy Parker, who praises James Purdy and his latest book, "Malcolm." And there's more, 382 pages in all, weighing in at just over 2-1/2 pounds. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Art Studio Life Magazine (July-August 1926) [cover: Mlle. Ledova], (none)
3 (none) Art Studio Life Magazine (July-August 1926) [cover: Mlle. Ledova]
Wilmington DE All-Arts Group, Inc. 1926 NO (Vol. 1, No. 8) Periodical Very Good- Illustrated by (cover photo) Jas. W. Pondelicek 
[some small tears and chips at edges of covers, but generally a decent copy, covers attached, no loose pages, internally very clean]. (B&W photographs) A curious mix of short articles of vaguely artsy interest, liberally interlaced with photos of naked women in vaguely artsy poses. There are profiles of movie stars (Reginald Denny, Colleen Moore), of course, and short pieces with titles like "The Bathing Suit Idea" and "In the Field of Highway Construction" (I don't quite get the artsy angle on that one, either). A particularly interesting article is "Cartoonists Organize; Professionals and Amateurs Unite in A.A.C.C." -- which is illustrated (facing page) by a photo of "Jewell LaKota ("Miss Cartoons") in a Winsome Pose" (topless, natch). The various models, showgirls, actresses, etc., who grace these pages are generally attractive (albeit in that sometimes chunky Twenties way) and generally about 1/3 undraped; my favorite double-page spread has Mlle. Bennett of the Keith-Albee Vaudeville Circuit opposite a reproduction of a painting of Pope Leo XIII. It's all Art, baby! 
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Auction [magazine] (February 1971) [cover: Robert Mitchum and Shirley MacLaine], (Rosenkrantz, Linda, ed.)
4 (Rosenkrantz, Linda, ed.) Auction [magazine] (February 1971) [cover: Robert Mitchum and Shirley MacLaine]
New York Auction Communications, Inc. 1971 (Vol. IV, No. 6) Magazine Very Good+ 
[very light external wear, approximately a 1/2" split at bottom of binding]. (B&W photographs, ads) In this issue: "Going, Going West," an article about the current auction market in Southern California, with special mention of the opening of Sotheby-Parke-Bernet's first permanent auction house in Los Angeles (their first venture of which was the 1971 sale of props from 20th Century-Fox); "The Hazards of Collecting Chinese Paintings, and How to Avoid Them," by Wango Weng; "Collecting Period Furniture [Part] 2: The Golden Age of Cabinet Making," by John Smith; "The Norman Rockwell of the Pagans, or The Return of Alma-Tadema: The Candid Cameraman Collects," an article discussing the current marketplace for the paintings of Alta-Tadema, with a focus on the collection of Allen ("Candid Camera") Funt, then the leading collector of the artist's work. The 6-foot champagne glass pictured on the cover (containing Mitchum and MacLaine), one of the props to be sold in the Fox auction, was used in the film WHAT A WAY TO GO! 
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Show, the Magazine of the Performing Arts (November 1961) [cover: Harpo Marx], (Wool, Robert M., ed.)
5 (Wool, Robert M., ed.) Show, the Magazine of the Performing Arts (November 1961) [cover: Harpo Marx]
New York Hartford Publications, Inc. 1961 (Vol. I, No. 2) Magazine Good 
[edgewear and possible slight insect-nibbling to covers, a bit of cracking/splitting at both top and bottom of spine (but binding fully intact), moderate creasing to covers]. (B&W and color photographs, ads, etc.) The second issue of publisher Huntington Harford's ambitious attempt at creating a Life-type magazine devoted exclusively to the performing arts, including movies and TV; never a huge success, it ended its initial, large-format run in 1965. (An equally short-lived resuscitation, from 1970 to 1973, was a lesser publication in every way.) During its brief heyday, though, the magazine showcased an impressive roster of contributors (this issue includes pieces by Nat Hentoff, S.J. Perelman, and Kenneth Tynan), and represented a valiant effort to popularize the arts for a mass audience, e.g. Herbert Kupferberg's article "Opera for People Who Hate Opera," in this issue. Retrospectively, the most interesting piece in this particular issue is probably "The Winsome Foursome," S.J. Perelman's account of working with the Marx Brothers on the film version of their stage hit "Animal Crackers," surely one of the earliest "working with the Marxes" memoirs and, as such, a significant contribution to what by the end of the decade was to build into a full-scale rediscovery/revival of the madcap brothers' film work. (It's worth noting, too, that Harpo's autobiography "Harpo Speaks" had been published earlier in the year, which no doubt factored into his selection as this issue's cover boy.) Other highlights of this issue: "The Soft Mythology of Jazz" by Nat Hentoff; "Mr. B. [George Balanchine] and his Ballerinas" by Robert Kotlowitz; a profiles of actors Richard Boone ("Television's Angry Gun") and Paul Scofield; Part II of a Kenneth Tynan profile, "Orson Welles: Genius Without Portfolio"; and a somewhat corny photo feature in which Tammy Grimes dressed up as various movie stars, including Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, and Jackie Coogan. Also includes numerous reviews of current films, TV shows and plays (in both New York and London). 
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"The Night Johnny Ace Died" [in Esquire magazine, March 2007] [cover: Robert Downey Jr.], Burke, James Lee
6 Burke, James Lee "The Night Johnny Ace Died" [in Esquire magazine, March 2007] [cover: Robert Downey Jr.]
New York Hearst Communications, Inc. 2007 NO (Vol. 147, No. 3) Magazine Near Fine 
[light handling/reading wear, minor soft finger-creasing to covers; printed subscription address block on front cover]. (B&W/color photographs, ads, etc.) Contains Burke's short story about a honky-tonk singer. Magazine also includes: profiles of Robert Downey Jr. and film director David Fincher; short features on Iggy Pop ("What I've Learned") and Christina Ricci; article, "The American Way of Justice," by Lt. Commander Charles Swift, about the Guantanamo Bay detention center. 
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Stage: The Magazine of After-Dark Entertainment - June 1936 [cover: W.C. Fields in the Motion Picture "Poppy"], {Fields, W.C.}
7 {Fields, W.C.} Stage: The Magazine of After-Dark Entertainment - June 1936 [cover: W.C. Fields in the Motion Picture "Poppy"]
New York Stage Publishing Company, Inc. 1936 NO (June 1936) Magazine Very Good Illustrated by (cover photo) Jack Shalitt 
[moderate wear at edges/corners, front cover clean and bright, very light dampstain at bottom of rear cover extending through about the last one-third of the magazine; no labels or exterior markings]. (B&W photos, other illus.) Oversize magazine (too big for my scanner!) with a terrific front cover color photo of W.C. Fields in POPPY; there is also a full-page ad for the movie, featuring a caricature of Fields, on page 11. The magazine gives a thorough rundown of what was happening in all the arts (mostly in New York), and includes articles, criticism, etc. by Marcia Davenport, Norris Houghton, Burns Mantle, Heywood Broun, Sam and Bella Spewack, William De Mille, Laurence Stallings, numerous others. Photographs by Alfredo Valente, Maurice Goldberg. Caricature of Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence, by Birnbaum; other illustrations/drawings by George Grosz, Rea Irvin, Wallace Morgan, Lyle Justis, Alajalov, Eichenberg, Alexander King, etc. 
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People Weekly [magazine] (August 17, 1987)  [Elvis Presley cover story], {Presley, Elvis}
8 {Presley, Elvis} People Weekly [magazine] (August 17, 1987) [Elvis Presley cover story]
New York Time Inc. 1987 NO First Edition Magazine Very Good+ 
[minor wear at corners/edges, light surface wear to covers, half-inch separation at bottom of spine]. (B&W photographs) Cover story: "Ten Years Later: Elvis: Private scenes from the life of Rock's most enduring legend." Also includes articles on Lee Ermey, Roy Rogers, Lou Diamond Phillips, Eric Bogosian, Carly Simon, many others. 
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