First Edition of The Godfather Papers; Inscribed by Mario Puzo to Eugene Winnick
The Godfather Papers and Other Confessions.
Item Number: 15080
New York: G.P. Putnam Sons, 1973.
First edition. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Eugene Winnick Who helps Paul protect me from myself Best Mario Puzo.” The recipient was the head of the literary agency McIntosh and Otis, who handled the estates of well-known authors. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a closed tear to the front panel.
In March, 1969, the world saw the emergence of one of the most dramatic, most read and discussed novels of the century, The Godfather. The Godfather Papers is the tantalizing look behind the scenes in the writing and production of The Godfather.
Other Books by this Author
New York: Putnam, 1978.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. and Mrs. Henry Roth From a great admirer of your work Mario Puzo.” From the library of Henry Roth, the acclaimed author of Call it Sleep and Mercy of a Rude Stream. A nice association linking two great writers of the immigrant experience, Puzo for the Italian immigrant experience as Roth for the Jewish experience. “Puzo was destined to become the Italian Henry Roth” (The New York Times).
New York: G.P, Putnam's Sons, 1969.
First edition of Puzo’s definitive novel of the Mafia underworld. Octavo, original half cloth. 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. Dust 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.
"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. Dust jacket art by S. Neil Fujita. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
New York: Random House, 2002.
First edition of the biography of the first woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed and dated in the year of publication by Sandra Day O’Connor on the half title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1956.
First edition of the re-issue. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by Portia Washington Pittman to Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper, To Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt The First Lady of the World- Sincerely- Portia Washington Pittman- Daughter of Booker T. Washington Sept. 1956.” Some tape residue to the front free endpaper and some wear to the cloth in a very good dust jacket.
“Perhaps the greatest charm of tramp-life is the absence of monotony": First Edition of The Road; Inscribed by Jack London
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1907.
First edition, second state of the binding. Octavo, original cloth. Illustrated with 48 full-page plates. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Dear Margaret: Sincerely yours, Jack London Oct. 15, 1915.” In very good condition, with a tasteful bookplate to the inner gutter and a small discoloration to the spine panel.
New York: Financial Guardian Publishing Company, 1927.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Robert Rend With all good wishes for the success of his new book sincerely W.D. Gann May 12, 1942.” Some light rubbing, near fine in a very good dust jacket with a chip to the foot of the spine. Books signed or inscribed by W.D. Gann are rare.