"As you wish...": First Edition of The Princess Bride; Lengthily Inscribed by William Goldman

  • The Princess Bride.

The Princess Bride.

Item Number: 27015

New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1973.

First edition of Goldman’s classic novel. Octavo, original gray cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page, “I wish my books were in the fine condition yours are God bless William Goldman.” Erasure mark to the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Jacket design by Wendell Minor. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A nice inscription from the author, attesting to the book’s condition.

Ross MacDonald praised The Princess Bride as "[a] comic adventure romance which moves all over the world and dances through history...carried off with fantastic inventive energy and lightness, everything converted into pure story...The Princess Bride is a joyous and releasing book." "[Goldman's] swashbuckling fable is nutball funny...a 'classic' medieval melodrama that sounds like all the Saturday serials you ever saw feverishly reworked by the Marx Brothers," said Newsweek. Basis for the 1987 film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner, and starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant and Christopher Guest.