First Edition of Spartacus; Signed by Howard Fast and Kirk Douglas
Item Number: 61085
New York: Published by the Author, 1951.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Howard Fast and Kirk Douglas on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket illustration by Charles White. A very sharp example, rare signed by both Fast and Douglas, who starred in the role of the 1960 film.
Spartacus is a historical novel about the slave revolt led by Spartacus around 71 BCE. The book inspired the 1960 film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Dalton Trumbo and starred Kirk Douglas as Spartacus, Laurence Olivier as the Roman general and politician Marcus Licinius Crassus, Peter Ustinov, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, as slave trader Lentulus Batiatus, John Gavin as Julius Caesar, Jean Simmons as Varinia, Charles Laughton as Sempronius Gracchus and Tony Curtis as Antoninus. The film won four Academy Awards in all.