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THE GODFATHER. by  MARIO PUZO - Paperback - Signed First Edition - 1972 - from BUCKINGHAM BOOKS (SKU: 10990)


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New York: Fawcett Crest, n.d. [1972 & 1974]., 1972. First edition. First movie edition [1972] and first TV edition [1974], each with the same 36pp. section of black & white photos from Francis Ford Coppola's hugely successful film, which received seven Oscar nominations and took the awards for best picture, best script (Puzo & Coppola), and best actor; Marlon Brando in the title role. Bookplate signed by Puzo laid-in. The two paperback editions are virtually identical, internally as well as externally, with four important differences: (1) the cover of the first (movie edition) version is red, with title and byline in white; the cover of the second (TV edition) version is white, with title in red and byline in black; (2) both covers bear the same black and yellow banner, highlighting the 32pp. photo insert and touting the movie, but where the movie edition has the words: "The Famous Bestselling Novel," next to the title, the later TV edition says,"The TV Movie Sensation of the Year;" (3) the publisher's code numbers on the front cover and spines are different, and the price of the TV version has been increased $1.65 to $1.75; (4) the lists of other Fawcett Crest books on the last page of each volume are different. There is a small edge nick at the bottom of the front cover of the movie version, otherwise both copies are near fine and unread with no evidence of reading creases. Because of their bulk of 500pp and being one inch thick, these perfect-bound mass market paperbacks are seldom found in collector's condition. For the two variant paperback editions, with one signed bookplate.


The Godfather is a classic crime novel by Mario Puzo, detailing the story of a fictional Mafia family in New York in the 1940s and 1950s. This novel introduced America to the first family of crime fiction - the Corleones, and it remains a classic in American popular culture. Power, greed, and family loyalty all play out in this portrayal of the mafia underworld. Author Mario Puzo wrote the book based on his personal need for the cash advance, and the paperback rights for The Godfather went on to sell for a record $410,000. The mega-blockbuster 1972 film directed by Francis Ford Coppola featured Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and James Caan, among others.

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Buckingham Books specializes in new, used and rare books dealing with Mystery and Western Americana. Books in the mystery field include not only Mystery, but also Detective, Espionage, and Adventure Fiction. Our Western Americana Section offers books about the development of the American West. All books in our inventory are First Editions unless clearly stated otherwise.


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