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Laugh and Live, Douglas Fairbanks
1 Douglas Fairbanks Laugh and Live
New York Britton Publishing Company 1917 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good Very Good Book Inscribed Douglas Fairbanks
Square, sharp, clean, and tight. Previous owners pencilled signature present. Minor foxing and toning. Dust jacket very good, nearly complete save for a very few tiny chips at some extremities. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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2 Groucho MARX [inscribed] The Groucho Letters
NY Simon & Schuster 1967 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good Book Inscribed by Author(s)
A nice tight, bright, clean, and square copy in a dust jacket with some shallow edge tears. Presentable. Laid in, a photograph from 1967 of Groucho, the dedicatee, Al Kilgore, and an unknown man unwrapping a cigar. The letters are to and from comics, corporations, children, presidents, and even his daughter's boyfriend. Groucho swapping photos with T. S. Eliot ("I had no idea you were so handsome!"); advising his son on courting a rich dame ("Don't come out bluntly and say, 'How much dough have you got?' That wouldn't be the Marxian way"); crisply declining membership in a Hollywood club ("I don't care to belong to any social organization that will accept me as a member"); reacting with utmost composure when informed that he has been made into a verb by James Joyce ("There's no reason why I shouldn't appear in Finnegans Wake . I'm certainly as bewildered about life as Joyce was"); responding to a scandal sheet ("Gentleman: If you continue to publish slanderous pieces about me, I shall feel compelled to cancel my subscription"); describing himself to the Lunts ("I eat like a vulture. Unfortunately the resemblance doesn't end there"); and much, much more. That mobile visage, that look of wild amazement, and that weaving cigar are wholly captured, bound but untamed, in The Groucho Letters.[goodreads.com] Al Kilgore was an artist on the Bullwinkle comic strip & the Rocky and Bullwinkle comic books and related characters. Kilgore was also a bit part hollywood actor, and a director and producer of several projects. He was a founding member of the Laurel and Hardy appreciation society, The Sons of the Desert, and drew the organization's crest. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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Schnozzola, Jimmy Durante [Gene Fowler]
3 Jimmy Durante [Gene Fowler] Schnozzola
New York Viking Press 1951 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good Very Good Book With Photos Inscribed By Jimmy Durante
A warm and personal inscription from Jimmy Durante on the front endpaper. Laid in, a Western Union Telegram from Durante to the inscribee. What's a telegram? Book is in just about very good condition. A bit dusty from age. The heel of the backstrip faded, but the lettering, boards, and all else very good. Dust jacket rubbed, mild chipping at some edges. Overall presents pretty nicely. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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The Understudy, Kazan, Elia
4 Kazan, Elia The Understudy
New York Stein and Day 1975 0812817311 / 9780812817317 Hardcover Very Good Book 8vo - over 7 Inscribed By Elia Kazan
Iinscribed prior to publication, in 1974, to Kazan's long time friend and collaborator Budd Schulberg and Shulberg's wife, Geraldine Brooks. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good, Newman, Paul;Hotchner, A. E.
5 Newman, Paul;Hotchner, A. E. Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good
New York Doubleday & Company 2003 0385508026 / 9780385508025 1st Edition Hardcover Fine Fine Book Signed by Paul Newman
Actor Newman and writer Hotchner recount their joint adventure delivering Newman's Own salad dressing to the American public, "a triumph of irresponsibility over reason." The star was as proud of his all-natural dressing as he was repelled by the bottled offerings at the supermarket, so with Hotchner he put together "a lark, an open-end adventure" with $40,000 as their investment ceiling. They demanded fresh garlic and onions in the dressing and refused to use any of the chemicals that commercial manufacturers insisted were essential to give their product the one-year shelf life supermarkets demanded. Luckily for them, research chemists at a sympathetic bottler discovered that one of their high-quality ingredients released a natural preservative. They eschewed business plans, using their friends as their test markets; at one point, Martha Stewart, then a local caterer in Connecticut, arranged one of the tastings. In brisk, ain't-it-somethin' style, Newman and Hotchner describe the loopy media events, the songs they sang at promotions, the industry-bucking labeling, and, of course, the industry-humiliating act of giving all after-tax profit to charity. The launch had a few rocky moments, but, kept afloat by a vision, armed with principles, happy to laugh, they soon found themselves food tycoons in need of charities. They write happily of the result that remains closest to their hearts: the rapid rise of their Hole in the Wall camp for children who, "because of their diseases or because of their complications or because of their treatment, couldn't go to an ordinary camp." That first camp in Connecticut has spawned a number of like venues across the world. Subsequent Newman's Own products include spaghetti sauce and popcorn, an organic line crafted by Paul's daughter Nell, and wife Joanne Woodward's lemonade (guaranteed to restore your virginity). Charming reminiscences by a couple of merry pranksters who hit upon a happy accident in the chemistry lab that allowed them to remain true to their values. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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Duel in the Sun, Niven Busch
6 Niven Busch Duel in the Sun
Cleveland The World Publishing Company 1946 Hardcover About Very Good Dust Jacket Included Book Illustrated with Film Stills Inscribed by Author(s)
About very good in a chipped dj. Inscribed by Niven Busch. Even toning throughout book; a result of paper quality. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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