New York: Delilah Books, 1981. Book by Neal Peters and David Smith; signed by Ann-Margret. Profusely illustrated with color and black-and-white photographs. 256 pages, 4to, silver-stamped white boards, dust wrapper (edge-worn). New York: Delilah Books, (1981). A very good copy in a very good(-) dust wrapper. Boldly inscribed in purple marker on a preliminary blank page: "For David~ Affectionately, Ann-Margret."
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1930. 9.75 x 7.75-inch black-and-white photo of Brice seated with her arms folded, staring warmly at the camera -- no place, no date, circa 1930. Inscribed with excellent contrast in the upper right corner: "To my dear Pal Belle with love Fannie." Matted in light gray and set in a silver frame measuring 15.25 x 13.5 inches. Near fine condition.
1945. 2 pages combined into one sheet measuring 10 x 6 inches, no place, October 9, 1945. In this letter to a close friend, Brice mentions a recent radio performance and asks for real estate help, in part: "Did you listen in on the program last Sunday. I do hope so as I would like to get your reaction. It felt so good to be back in harness again and I'm so grateful that I wasn't a bit worried or...
Paris: 1902. 6.5 x 4.25 inches, Paris, 1902. This photo by Du Guy depicts Cadet in profile, looking to the right. Inscribed and dated on the bottom border. Adhesive remnants on the back, but otherwise fine. French comedian and author and brother of Coquelin Aine; played at the Comedie-Francaise from 1868 to 1875 and 1879 to 1909.
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1964. Illustrated with black and white photographs. 192 pages, 8vo, blue cloth with black pictorial stamping. New York: Dutton, 1964. First edition. A very good(+) copy. Inscribed and signed in full, with red pen, by the author on flyleaf: "April`64. To Bert Bacharach -- with much affection, Jack Douglas"
1988. 1 page, 8.5 x 6.25 inches, no place, November 18, 1988. Signed "Gerry Ford" on personal stationery adorned with a gold eagle seal -- written to comedian Rich Little, wishing him a happy birthday, in part: "...As your friends gather around you this special day, as they raise their glasses and toast your 50th (39th?) please include Betty and me in wishing you all the best..." Fine condition.
London: The Woburn Press, 1976. 96 pages, profusely illustrated with black-and-white photographs, slim 8vo, blue cloth, dust wrapper. (London): The Woburn Press, (1976). First edition. Very good. Lenthy inscription on the flyleaf: "Darling, Found, the ONE copy in America apart from one at CPW; why can't it be published here? Seems an idea worthwhile...Up to here, Penelope 1987 and thanks, Woburn Press, about time."
New York: Random House, 1953. 184 pages, 8vo, tan cloth with a black-and-white photograph on the front cover (spine gently darkened). New York: Random House, (1953). Very good(+) condition. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Natalie, Maud, and Natasha - three of the dearest and most different girls I know. With much affection, Arthur Sept. 1953."
1934. 10 x 8 inches, no place, no date, circa 1934 -- a vintage photo of a seated Penner wearing a hat and with an unlit cigar between his teeth. He is holding a live white duck in his lap with its head resting on Penner's shoulder. Inscribed on the left side: "To Florence Monett Sincerely Joe Penner." Gently warped, but still in very good condition. Joe Penner was a major craze in Vaudeville during the Depression years of 1933...
London: Samuel French, 1930. 158 pages, 12mo, black and rust-colored cloth-backed boards (small closed tears at the top of the spine; previous owner's book plate neatly pasted inside the front cover). London: Samuel French, 1930. A very good(-) copy. Presentation copy signed on the front free end-paper: "For Thos. R. Edwards who is the publisher all playwrights ought to have - With my very best regards - Lynn Riggs Nov. 7, 1930 New York."
Philadelphia: 1950. 1 page on "Ritz-Carlton Hotel" stationery, 8.5 x 5.75 inches, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, no date but postmarked on October 26, 1950. In this letter, Silvers thanks "Philadelphia Inquirer" writer Harry Harris for a positive article, in full: "Dear Harry or should I say 'wonder man' how you ever came up with that real entertaining article with the dull things I told you, I'll never know -- to each his own, I guess. Nevertheless I'm very grateful for it and...
Whittier, CA: 1958. A collection of three T.L.S.'s, 4to. 1 page each, May 1958, Whittier, CA, to American comedian and radio talk-show hose Oscar Levant, providing him with a series of short continuity sound-bites and anecdotes to be used on his radio show, in very small part: "...The Russians are beaming a special Radio Moscow to the sailors and Marines of the Sixth Fleet in the Eastern Mediterranean. The disc jockey is a dulcet-voiced lady, a la Tokyo Rose, whom...
1915. Signed 1915 Columbia Records release, #A %u2013 1855, one of the earliest comedy releases ever put on phonograph discs, featuring a skit titled "Trust Scene," boldly etched into the dead wax and partly on the record labels: "Joe Weber - Lew Fields." The B side of this record has mechanically etched signatures of the performers. Very good condition. Immensely popular Polish-Jewish comedy team who, at the height of their stage success, opened up their own Broadway venue in 1896...
New York: Random House, 1987. 216 pages. 8vo. Brown cloth covered tan gold-stamped boards, ex-library, slightly edge-worn d.w. New York: Random House, (1987). A near fine copy in a very good wrapper. Inscribed on half-title page: "To [...] 'If your ship doesn't come in- swim out to it!' Always, Jonathan Winters April 18, 1994"
1926. 8.75 x 6.75-inch black-and-white photo of Wynn in a rare serious moment, dressed in a suit and tie and looking at the camera -- no place, 1926. Inscribed on the left side: "To my old Box Office Pal 'Johnny' from Ed Wynn, Happy Easter 1926." Triple-matted in white, brown, and salmon; set in a simple brown frame measuring 17 x 14.75 inches. Two faint creases but still in very good(-) condition.