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    Group of Five Film Source Books. New York: [1958-1971]. First editions.


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    John D. MacDonald. The Executioners. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1958. First edition. Octavo. [vi], 215, [1, blank], [2] pages. Publisher's orange quarter-cloth over black paper-covered boards, spine lettered in black and silver, author's facsimile signature stamped in silver on the front board; top edge stained orange; in original dust jacket. Board edges dulled; gentle spine lean; front board slightly splayed. Top stain faded; few small splashed to bottom of the text block; light tidemarks to pastedown; occasional faint marginal soiling. Dust jacket with large dampstain along the top edge and down the flap folds, widening toward the lower edge, mostly visible on the flaps and verso, with black discoloration from boards; lightly rubbed near joint folds; some minor edgewear. A still-presentable copy with a single major flaw. About very good. Basis for film adaptations in 1962 (starring Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum) and 1991 (directed by Martin Scorsese).

    [Together with:] Richard Condon. The Manchurian Candidate. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1959. First edition. Octavo. [vi], 311, [1, blank], [1], [1, blank] pages. Publisher's grayish blue paper-covered boards, spine lettered in white, in original dust jacket. Spine ends and corners lightly worn. Dust jacket spine panel faintly faded, edges lightly worn. Near fine. Adapted for the screen twice, once in 1962 starring Frank Sinatra and again in 2004 starring Denzel Washington.

    [And:] John Ball. In The Heat of the Night. New York: Harper & Row, [1965]. First edition. Octavo. [viii], 184 pages. Publisher's black quarter-cloth over gray paper-covered boards, spine lettered in silver, publisher's device stamped in silver on the front board, in original dust jacket. Board edges just faintly dulled with some light rubbing. Small splash to the top edge of the text block. Dust jacket very lightly rubbed; minimal edgewear with a small nick to the crown; diagonal crease to front flap. Near fine. Basis for the 1967 Norman Jewison film starring Sidney Poitier, Warren Oates and Rod Steiger, who own a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Bill Gillespie.

    [And:] Ira Levin. Rosemary's Baby. New York: Random House, [1967]. First edition. Octavo. [viii], 245, [1, blank], [2] pages. Publisher's quarter dark-violet cloth over light purple paper-covered boards, spine lettered in silver and metallic purple and blue, author's initials and publisher's device stamped in metallic purple on the front board; top edge stained black; in original dust jacket. Board edges very faintly dulled. Touch of offsetting to the front free end paper. Dust jacket spine panel just a shade darkened; trace trivial edgewear. Nearly fine. Source for the Roman Polansky film starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes, released the following year.

    [And:] George Higgins. The Friends of Eddie Coyle. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1972. First edition. Octavo. [2, blank], [iv], 183, [1, blank], [2] pages. Publisher's blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, spine and front board stamped in gilt; top edge stained green; in original dust jacket. Faint uneven fading to top stain. Just a touch of soiling to the rear panel. Very nearly fine, housed in a custom chemise and slipcase. Source for the 1973 Peter Yates film starring Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle.



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