“THE POWER BEHIND THE THRONE”: FIRST EDITION OF MARIO PUZO'S FOOLS DIE; WARMLY INSCRIBED BY HIM
Puzo, Mario .$450.00
Item Number: 85769
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1978.
First edition of Puzo’s classic novel set in a world where law and organized crime are one and the same. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, “For Dorothy The power behind the throne Affectionately Mario Puzo.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Neil Fujita. Jacket drawing by Mary Mietzelfeld.
Hailed by the New York Times "as the publishing event of the decade." "Fools Die is my personal favorite. I thought I tried some new things in fiction, and I was very happy when it was a success" (Mario Puzo).
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"For justice we must go on our knees to Don Corleone": First Edition of Mario Puzos The Godfather; Signed by Mario Puzo
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1969.
First edition of Puzo’s definitive novel of the Mafia underworld. Octavo, original half black cloth. Signed by Mario Puzo on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket art by S. Neil Fujita. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example.
"who helped me get this book written and who I repaid by beating him in tennis": First Edition of Mario Puzos The Godfather; Inscribed by Him with a Full Page Inscription
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1969.
First edition of Puzo’s definitive novel of the Mafia underworld. Octavo, original half black cloth. Association copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Hollywood screenwriter Barry Beckerman and his wife, “For Susan – the only wife in the world who would let her husband make a movie in Sweden and so lovely that she has nothing to fear from the competition- & Barry- who helped me get this book written and who I repaid by beating him in tennis. From your fellow Chinese Food addict, Mario.” Recipient Barry Beckerman wrote the screenplays for the films Shamus, A Matter of Wife…and Death and St. Ives; he was also a studio executive and producer. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket art by S. Neil Fujita. Housed in a custom slipcase. An exceptional association copy.
New York: G.P, Putnam's Sons, 1969.
First edition of Puzo’s definitive novel of the Mafia underworld. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to his editor, William Targ and his wife Roslyn, “For Bill and Roz Who cheered this book on the from the beginning Mario.” William Targ was the editor of G.P. Putnam’s Sons where, in 1968, he bought Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather for a $5000 advance. Puzo relates the story of The Godfather in his work The Godfather Papers & Other Confessions, “I was forty-five years old and tired of being an artist. Besides, I owed $20,000 to relatives, finance companies, banks and assorted bookmakers and shylocks. It was really time to grow up and sell out as Lenny Bruce once advised. So I told my editors OK, I’ll write a book about the Mafia. One day a writer friend dropped into my magazine office. As a natural courtesy I gave him a copy of the Fortunate Pilgrim. A week later he came back. He thought I was a great writer. I bought him a magnificent lunch. During lunch I told him some funny Mafia stories and my ten-page outline [of the Godfather]. He was enthusiastic. He arranged a meeting for me with the editors of G.P. Putnam’s Sons. The editors just sat around for an hour listening to my Mafia tales and said go ahead. They also gave me a $5,000 advance and I was on my way, just like that. As soon as I got my hands on the Putnam money, I naturally didn’t work on the book. (Luckily part of the advance was payable on the handing in of the complete manuscript or I would never have finished it.) The thing is, I didn’t want to write The Godfather. [The Godfather] took me three years to finish. I finally had to finish The Godfather in July, 1968, because I needed the final $1,200 advance payment from Putnam to take my wife and kids to Europe. When I finally got home, I owed the credit card companies $8,000. I went into New York to see my agent, Candida Donadio. She informed me that my publisher had just turned down $375,000 for the paperback rights to The Godfather. I called my editor at Putnam, Bill Targ, and he said they were holding out for $410,000 because $400,000 was some sort of record. Over coffee, he got a call. Ralph Daigh of Fawcett had bought the paperback rights for $410,000. I went up to the adventure magazine office to quit my freelance job.” According to the New York Times, “‘The Godfather turned out to be the most profitable single novel ever published by Putnam’s and the paperback rights were sold for more than $400,000.” The lightest of toning to the extremities and a small dampstain to the bottom cloth, near fine in the original dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket art by S. Neil Fujita. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Next to the dedication copy, this present example is by far the most desirable association copy as Targ was responsible for publishing this classic novel.
“LET US BE SEPARATED BY WARS AND PESTILENCE, DEATH, MADNESS BUT NOT BY THE PASSING OF TIME”: SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF MARIO PUZO'S FOOLS DIE
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1978.
Signed limited first edition of Puzo’s classic novel set in a world where law and organized crime are one and the same. Octavo, original cloth. One of 350 numbered copies signed by Mario Puzo. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Neil Fujita. Jacket drawing by Mary Mietzelfeld. From the library of publisher Howard Kaminsky.
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CT: Ralston Society, 1937.
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“Poor little doggie, you saved HIS child!”: First Edition of Mark Twain's A Dog's Tale; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1904.
First edition of Twain’s famous dog story. Octavo, original cloth. Contemporary inscription to the front free endpaper, near fine in the rare original dust jacket with wear and tear and some writing on the front panel. Illustrations by W. T. Smedley. BAL 3483.
Courrier Sud, Vol de Nuit, Terre des Hommes and Pilote de Guerre; Each Lengthily Inscribed by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Paris: Librarie Gallimard, 1931-42.
Early printings of Saint-Exupery’s first four books. Octavo, four volumes bound in contemporary cloth. Each volume lengthily inscribed by Antoine de Saint-Exupery on the half-title page. In the author’s first novel, Courrier Sud, “Pour Madame Stokes, Avec le hont que j’eprouve a signer ce pache de jeunesse. Et en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” In his second novel, Vol de Nuit, which deals with his experiences as an airmail pilot, “Pour Madame Stokes, cher que’on retrouve une atmosphere de France en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint- Exupery.” In his third novel, Terre des Hommes, which went on to win the Grand Prix of the Académie Française, “Pour Madame Stokes, en souvenir d’une epoque recuse ou la Terr des Hommes etait en pix et en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint- Exupery.” And, finally, in Saint-Exupery’s Pilote de Guerre, his memoir of his role in the French Air Force as pilot during the Battle of Paris in 1940, “Pour Madame Stokes, ces souvenirs d’une pilot de ligne change en Pilote de Guerre et en hommage respectueux, Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” Each volume is in very good condition. An exceptional collection.
Henry Landau's All's Fair: The Story of the British Secret Service Behind the German Lines; Signed by Him
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1934.
Early printing of Landau’s biography of his time in the British Secret Service. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Captain Henry Landau.” Near fine in a good dust jacket with some wear and tear. Uncommon signed.