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Walk This Way (Deluxe Limited Edition portfolio, copy No. 1, plus Deluxe Limited Edition STEIDL book and accompanying photographic print) by Bramly, Sophie (photographer); Julien Frydman (editor); Cleo Charuet (designer)

Paris: Editions 213 / Steidl, 2015. Deluxe Limited Edition portfolio. One of five copies (this being copy No. 1) of photographer Sophie Bramly's portfolio of 47 matte finish photographic prints in both black and white and color, depicting the emerging hi...

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Archive of 6 letters regarding the director George Melies career in the theater, cinema, and as a merchant, circa 1928-1932 by Melies, Georges

N.p.: N.p., 1932. An archive of 6 extraordinary autograph letters signed, 5 in French and 1 in English, by the pioneering film director Georges Melies, generally considered to be one of the inventors of narrative cinema, revealing a great deal about his ...

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The Lady in the Lake (First Edition, inscribed to Frank Partos) by Chandler, Raymond

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1943. First Edition. First Edition. INSCRIBED to Frank Partos on the half title page: "For Frank Partos / with love / Raymond Chandler." Partos and Chandler co-wrote the screenplay for "And Now Tomorrow" (1944), one of Chandle...

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Grapefruit (First Edition, inscribed at the Judson Church Gallery opening, 1966) by Ono, Yoko (author)

Tokyo: Wuntemaum Press, 1964. First Edition. First Edition. One of 500 copies printed, preceding the UK edition by four years. INSCRIBED by Yoko Ono on the first blank: "To Helen, / 1966, opening / Judson Church Gallery / NYC, NY / Yoko Ono." The author,...

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Nog (Original first draft manuscript and archive for the 1968 novel) by Wurlitzer, Rudy

N.p.: N.p., 1968. Archive of manuscript material for Rudolph Wurlitzer's 1968 debut novel "Nog," including a complete first draft of the novel, showing significant differences from the published version and with an unpublished final chapter, and over 300...

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Snarl of the Beast (First Edition) by Daly, Carroll John

New York: Edward J. Clode, 1927. First Edition. First Edition. In the first state dust jacket, priced $2.00 and with a blurb for this title on the front flap and an advertisement for Richard H. Watkin's "Half a Clue" on the rear flap. From the collectio...

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Screenplay for The Thin Man Sequel [After the Thin Man] (Original screenplay, Hammett's copy, with holograph correction) by Hammett, Dashiell

Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1935. Dashiell Hammett's original submitted Treatment script for the first sequel to "The Thin Man," here referred to only as "Thin Man Sequel," and ultimately titled "After the Thin Man." With a single holog...

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The Exterminating Angel (Original screenplay for the 1962 film, annotated throughout by Bunuel) by Bunuel, Luis (director, screenwriter); Silvia Pinal, Jacqueline Andere, Jose Baviera, Augusto Benedico (starring)

N.p.: N.p., 1962. Draft script for the 1962 film. With director Luis Bunuel's holograph pencil and ink annotations throughout noting changes and additions to dialogue, and the name of Russian-American director Victor Stoloff in holograph ink to the front...

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The Drowning Pool (Signed First Edition, dedication copy, inscribed to Anthony Boucher) by Macdonald, [John] Ross

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1950. First Edition. First Edition. Doubly inscribed to legendary genre fiction editor and enthusiast Anthony Boucher. The first inscription, at the front endpaper, reads: "To the Bouchers / with affection / Kenneth Millar / (s...

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Nazarin (Original screenplay for the 1959 film, signed copy belonging to director Luis Bunuel) by Bunuel, Luis (director, screenwriter); Julio Alejandro (screenwriter); Benito Perez Galdos (novel); Rosenda Monteros, Marga Lopez, Ada Carrasco (starring)

Mexico: Producciones Barbachano Ponce, 1958. Draft script for the 1959 film. Presentation copy belonging to director Luis Bunuel, and SIGNED by Bunuel on the front wrapper. Also laid in is a program from the film's American premiere on May 18, 1960, also...

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Studio 54 (Archive of 14 original photographs, 1978) by Coupon, William (photographer); Studio 54, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Grace Jones, Patti Smith, Divine

N.p.: N.p., 1978. Archive of 14 iconic vintage photographs of Studio 54 celebrities and revelers by photographer William Coupon, all from 1978. Ten of these are signed and dated by Coupon at the bottom right, one with a tag on verso, "Two Dancers, Stu...

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Because the Night (Original handwritten manuscript for the 1984 novel) by Ellroy, James

N.p.: N.p., 1983. Original handwritten manuscript draft for the 1984 novel. With Ellroy's profuse and expectedly surgical corrections to his own text throughout, and with substantial content that did not make the published edition. With a letter of prove...

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Exotic Birds (Original artwork) by [Captain Beefheart] Van Vliet, Don

N.p.: N.p., 1979. Original arwork depicting exotic birds in a glorious psychedelic landscape, also known as Don Van Vliet's mind. Signed "Van Vliet / 79." From the collection of Beefheart guitarist Gary Lucas, for whom the painting was made. It was aro...

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Out of the Past [Build My Gallows High] (Original screenplay for the 1947 film, James M. Cain draft) by Cain, James M. (screenwriter); Jacques Tourneur (director); Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming (starring)

Culver City, CA: RKO Radio Pictures, 1946. Estimating script for the 1947 film, dated April 3, 1946. James M. Cain's ultimately uncredited rewrite of Geoffrey Homes' early draft, based on Homes' 1946 novel, "Build My Gallows High," which was at that time...

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Vernacular concept journal for Energy and How to Get It (Original archive) by Frank, Robert (director); Rudolph Wurlitzer (screenwriter)

N.p.: N.p., 1981. Handmade vernacular conceptual journal documenting the shooting of Robert Frank's 1981 film, "Energy and How to Get It," circa 1980-1981. Includes tipped in ephemera, drawings, business cards, and 46 Polaroids of Wurlitzer, Robert Fr...

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