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LAURA (Presentation Copy, Inscribed In The Year Of Issue)

Caspary, Vera Caspary, Vera. LAURA. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, (1944). First U. K. Edition. A Near Fine copy in original publisher's blue cloth (a trifle rubbed at spine tips, front hinge just beginning to start) in a Very Good example of the iconic Bip Pares-designed original priced (8/6) dust jacket. The dust jacket bears honest overall wear, no major faults or repair, and plenty of eye appeal. This is a PRESENTATION COPY inscribed from the author on the half-title to two of her closest friends in the year of publication: "For the Gelatts/ With love/ Vera/ June 8th, 1944." Roland Gelatt (1920-1986) was a music critic and author, best known for his book ''The Fabulous Phonograph,'' an urbane, sophisticated history of recorded sound from the wax cylinder era onwards. He and his wife Lois were lifelong friends of Vera Caspary. [WITH:] An Autographed Note, signed (New York, 1982) containing a long and rather droll inscription from Caspary to the Gelatts proving the longevity (and levity) of their friendship. True first printings of LAURA are exceedingly rare; inscribed or signed copies are nearly impossible to acquire. LAURA's cultural value was massively amplified by the Oscar-winning 1944 Otto Preminger-directed Film Noir of the same name starring Gene Tierney and Clifton Webb, one of the American Film Institute's Top Ten Film Mysteries. This is the only inscribed copy of the first U. K. edition currently known to us.
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THE PASSING OF MR. QUINN (a novelization of the 1928 British Mystery Film)

Christie, Agatha (story) G. Roy McRae (novelization) Christie, Agatha (story) G. Roy McRea (novelization). THE PASSING OF MR. QUINN. London: The London Book Co. Ltd., [1929]. First Edition. 6" by 4" with 233pp and a 4pp. catalog at the back listing other books in this publisher's "Novel Library." A Very Good copy, slightly worn and shaken with a bit of wear to the spine tips and a cracked rear hinge. Its dust jacket, entirely original to 1929 and without repair or restoration, is remarkably Fine with some trifling edge-wear. Perhaps book and jacket were married at some earlier time. Or the DJ could have been safely placed aside before the volume was read with obvious gusto. THE PASSING OF MR. QUINN was novelized after the 1928 release of the silent mystery film of the same name. It was the first film ever made from Agatha Christie source material, having been adapted from the short story "The Coming of Mr. Quin" (which was published in a 1923 British magazine and in 1930 was added to Agatha Christie's "The Mysterious Mr. Quin? collection). Why the extra "N" was added to Quin is a mystery we'll leave you to solve. Why the film's evil Mr. Quinn is nothing like Agatha Christie's intriguing Mr. Quin is another mystery for you. The author of this edition is G. Roy McRae (almost surely a pseudonym) and McRae's writing will remind no one of the writing of Agatha Christie herself. The film itself no longer exists; it's been pronounced "a lost film." We do know that it was co-directed by Leslie S. Hiscott and Julius Hagen, and starred Stuart Rome and Trilby Clark (as noted on the dust jacket). An interesting contemporary ad for THE PASSING OF MR. QUINN can be found on this film edition's front flap. There are no internal stills. Of the few copies of THE PASSING OF MR. QUINN known by us to exist, this one appears the only one with a superb, complete dust jacket.
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