Australia: Circa 1950s. Paperback. SCARCE. A promotional souvenir booklet for the film "Northern Safari." 12mo. Grey, black and white illustrated side stapled paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Stamp on the inside of front cover lists the show dates and times. Else is clean and bright with black and white photographic illustrations throughout. FILM/061417. Near Fine.
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New York: Crown Publishers, . Hardcover. The complete screenplays for ten important films released in 1945. They include The Lost Weekend, Spellbound, Double Indemnity, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, None But the Lonely Heart, The Southerner, Story of G.I. Joe, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Over Twent-One, and A Medal for Benny. Each screenplay includes a list of the cast, the source of the screenplay, and name of director. There are four black & white photos from each film. Bound in original reddish-brown cloth with title and editor names to spine. Very light bumping but near fine. Interior pages are browning as usual but very good. In grey and dark red dusjacket with title to spine and front cover. Some chipping but still very good. Bookplate of Alan Downer affixed to front pastedown. A very nice copy of this anthology. 648 pages. FILM/102716. Near Fine / Very Good.
Akron, OH: Saalfield Pub. Co., 1936. A charming complete set of five little books about Shirley Temple and her life, published when she was only eight years old and the country's number one box office draw. Each book has a pictorial cover and fourteen pages of black and white photographs of Shirley. The titles are: Shirley Temple Twinkletoes," "Just a Little Girl," "Shirley Temple Little Playmate," "Shirley Temple on the Movie Lot," and "Shirley Temple in Starring Roles." The books are all in very good to near fine condition. Housed in their original box covered with glossy white paper and with a color portrait of Shirley on the front. The box has some wear, soiling, and creases but still very nice. CHILD/110118. Very Good.
n.p. n.p., circa 1934. Hardcover. Unique vintage Shirley Temple scrapbook lovingly compiled by a devoted fan. She assembled about 300 color and black and white photos of Shirley, clipped primarily from contemporary magazines. The photos were glued onto pages inserted in a school two-ring binder. The pictures include publicity stills from her early years along with scenes from several of her movies dating through 1934, including Baby Take a Bow, Now and Forever, and The Little Colonel. The first several pages have full-page pictures while the remaining pages have several images per page. Some of the interior pages have darkening along the margins but the images are not affected. Binder is bright yellow with some soiling and with an illustration of Shirley affixed to front cover. In very good condition. Measures 8.75 x 11 inches. EPHEM/041819. Very Good.
London: H M. Stationery Office, 1944. Pamphlet. Report of a Committee Appointed by the Cinematograph Film Council. SCARCE. White side stapled paper wrappers with black title to front wrap. Minor rust to staples, one small closed tear to edge of front wrap, and light soiling to rear wrap. Interior is clean and bright with tables throughout. 41 pages. FILM/080511. Very Good + in Wraps.
Toronto: George A. Walker, 2020. Number 19 of 35 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. An additional 10 hors commerce copies were made and lettered A–J. In this handsome pictorial biography, noted wood engraver George A. Walker celebrates the life of Mary Pickford (1892-1979), a silent film star whose groundbreaking contributions to the motion picture industry earned her the title ‘Queen of the Movies’. Toronto-born Gladys Louise Smith, who would later come to be known as Mary Pickford, first burst onto the silent-film scene at the tender age of 17. But Pickford was more than just ‘the girl with the curls’. In addition to her acting career—a brilliant success that spanned 52 features—Pickford also helped establish the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as United Artists studio. In this edition Walker tells the story of Pickford’s life in a sequential narrative not unlike the silent films of old, complete with inter-titles. The 87 black-and-white wood engravings recall the monochromatic media of Pickford’s films, and echo the experience of interpreting stories visually. The number 87 was Pickford’s age when she died and the number 35 (copies of the limited edition) refers to the 35mm film on which silent movies were shot. The engravings are hand printed on 250 gsm Revere Felt mouldmade paper created at the 600 year old Cartiere Magnani mill in Italy. The deluxe book is beautifully bound in blue Asahi silk cloth and is housed in a protective clamshell box with a drawer that contains authentic ephemera from Pickford's career. The ephemera included with this copy include a typed letter signed by Pickford written in 1944 to Mrs. Vanderbilt concerning Pickford's age and how older actresses are undervalued; an authentic silver plate souvenir spoon with Pickford's engraved portrait; two United Artists publicity postcards; a postcard of the Pickford residence sent by a women who took a Hollywood field trip; and a bi-fold publicity release for her performance in "Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall." The book features hand marbled end leaves and bevelled cover boards with a wood engraving print sunk into the cover. In fine condition. Book size: 6.25 X 7.5 X 1.75 inches. Unpaginated(160 pages printed recto). PRI/040222.