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    John Steinbeck. The Red Pony. New York: Viking Press, 1945. First illustrated edition. Signed and inscribed by the author, additionally signed, with a lengthy inscription, by noted director Peter Bogdanovich to [Louise] Beatrice [Hoogstraten] (whom he later married), both to the half-title page. Octavo. 131, [1, list of books by the author] pages. Watercolor illustrations by Wesley Dennis. Publisher's course beige cloth with a watercolor illustration of a foal pasted to the upper board and enclosed with a blue border, ruled in blue, spine stamped in blue and gilt. Minor edgewear, spine sunned. Illustrated endpapers. Internally generally clean and tight, all edges trimmed and stained blue; ex-libris ink stamp of Peter Bogdanovich and penciled bookseller notations (some effaced) to the front free endpaper verso and front blank, minor intermittent soiling, a few small stray pencil marks. Housed in publisher's blue-gray paperboard slipcase, with an illustrated printed paper label to one side; joints tender and starting, moderate edgewear with some losses, paper beginning to peel from top edge, corners rubbed, minor soiling, edges sunned. Near fine book with very good slipcase.

    A beautiful copy of this illustrated edition, scarcely seen signed by the author. This copy is additionally signed and inscribed by director Peter Bogdanovich to Louise Beatrice Hoogstraten, "Beatrice," sister of his former girlfriend, the Dorothy mentioned in the inscription, and whom he married some years after her sister's untimely demise. Dorothy Hoogstraten [professionally, Dorothy Stratten], was an actress, model, and noted Playboy Playmate who began dating Bogdanovich after their film project They All Laughed (1981) and in light of her deeply unhappy marriage. Tragically, Stratten was murdered by her jealous husband later that same year.

    The book served as the source material for the 1949 American film of the same name, directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Myrna Loy and Robert Mitchum. The film notably features a screenplay adapted by Steinbeck himself, though loosely, and with a different ending than his novella. It was adapted again in 1973, co-written and directed by Robert Totten and starring Henry Fonda and Maureen O'Hara.

    Goldstone and Payne A9c.

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