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Film Posters of the 40s: The Essential Movies of the Decade

Film Posters of the 40s: The Essential Movies of the Decade

Edited by Tony Nourmand and Graham Marsh A near fine copy, signed with dedication by both authors to title page. Clean, fresh and bright with minor creasing to bottom edge and top corner of rear cover. A couple of pages with creasing to top corner otherwise in excellent condition. 127pp. 'From the iconic Casablanca to Orson Welles's seminal Citizen Kane, from the optimistic It's a Wonderful Life to the exotic Thief of Baghdad, the films of the 1940s are now recognized as some of the greatest of all time. And while the forties was the decade hailed nostalgically ever since as Hollywood's golden age, it also saw the emergence of a dark new undercurrent in pop culture-the sinister world of gumshoes, gangsters, double-crossing dames, and blind alleys that became known as film noir. Long before the era of the television trailer and satellite media junket, studios lured audiences to theaters with graphically bold poster art, gorgeously illustrated by classically trained artists adept at capturing the nuances of Veronica Lake's seductive glance, Humphrey Bogart's world-weary eyes, Bette Davis's icy stare, and hundreds of other stars at their best and most glamorous. All of the era's legendary stars are included in this volume: Lauren Bacall, Robert Mitchum, Barbara Stanwyck, Rita Hayworth, Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, Marlene Dietrich, and hundreds of others. Film Posters of the '40s brings to ife in lavish full-color an era in film history that will never be forgotten'.
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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There – Fine Bindings in Two Volumes

Fine bindings in bright red morocco with boxed gilt ruling to both boards, five raised bands, gilt ruling, gilt motif and lettering to the spine. Marbled endpapers, silk head and tail bands and all edges gilt. Both bindings in fine condition with original cloth covers bound in the rear of both volumes. *Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1878, Fifty-eight thousand, with forty-two illustrations by John Tenniel. With some foxing and marks throughout the book, pre title page and last page with a touch of green as seen in photos and a couple of pages with edge tears, just about touching the text. With all that said, a sound and smart copy. 192pp plus one page of ads. * Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, 1877, Forty-first thousand, with fifty illustrations by John Tenniel. Same condition as the Alice, with marks and foxes throughout and a touch of green to last pages but no edge tears to this volume. 224pp. 'In 1865, English author CHARLES LUTWIDGE DODGSON (1832-1898), aka Lewis Carroll, wrote a fantastical adventure story for the young daughters of a friend. The adventures of Alice-named for one of the little girls to whom the book was dedicated-who journeys down a rabbit hole and into a whimsical underworld realm instantly struck a chord with the British public, and then with readers around the world. In 1872, in reaction to the universal acclaim *Alice's Adventures in Wonderland* received, Dodgson published this sequel. Nothing is quite what it seems once Alice journeys through the looking-glass, and Dodgson's wit is infectious as he explores concepts of mirror imagery, time running backward, and strategies of chess-all wrapped up in the exploits of a spirited young girl who parries with the Red Queen, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and other unlikely characters. In many ways, this sequel has had an even greater impact on today's pop culture than the first book'.