Rosemary’s Baby.

"This is no dream, she thought. This is real, this is happening": First Edition of Ira Levin's Masterpiece Rosemary's Baby; Inscribed by Him

Rosemary’s Baby.


Item Number: 81044

New York: Random House, 1967.

First edition of this influential horror classic, which helped launch the “horror boom.” Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To George Hooker, “This is no dream, she thought. This is real, this is happening.” All good wishes, Ira Levin. 12/29/87.” The words written out by Levin are from page 89 of the novel. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. A unique example.

“One of the most sophisticated and stimulating books in the genre. The most important horror novel of the 1960s and the book that launched the ‘horror boom’ of the 1960s and 1970s” (Barron, Horror Literature). Cherry Wilder stated, "Rosemary's Baby is one of the most perfectly crafted thrillers ever written". Horror scholar Gary Crawford described it as, "a genuine masterpiece." David Pringle called it, "this sly, seductive impeccably-written horror novel ... is an expertly constructed story, a playwright's book, in which every physical detail and line of dialogue counts." It was adapted into the 1968 Roman Polanski film, starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes and Ruth Gordon.

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