First Edition of Ira Levin's Masterpiece Rosemary's Baby; Inscribed by Him
Item Number: 76933
New York: Random House, 1967.
First edition of this influential horror classic, which helped launch the “horror boom.” Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed and dated by Ira Levin on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. An exceptional 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.