“MOTHER OF GOD,” HE SAID, “IS THIS THE END OF RICO”: FIRST EDITION OF W.R. BURNETT'S LITTLE CAESAR; SIGNED BY HIM
Item Number: 102243
New York: Lincoln MacVeagh/ The Dial Press, 1929.
First edition of Burnett’s classic novel, which has inspired generations of gangster films. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by W.R. Burnett on the half-title page. Very good in the rare original dust jacket with light shelfwear.
Little Caesar was the basis for the 1929 film bearing the same name directed by Mervyn LeRoy, and starring Edward G. Robinson, Glenda Farrell, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. It was Robinson's breakthrough role and immediately made him a major film star. It is often listed as one of the first full-fledged gangster films and continues to be well received by critics.