D'ENTRE LES MORTS (THE LIVING AND THE DEAD) - INSCRIBED BY BOTH AUTHORS

Boileau, Pierre and Thomas Narcejac (writing as Boileau-Narcejac)

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Place Published: Paris
Publisher: Denoël
Date Published: 1954
Edition: First French Edition
Book Id: 2448

Description

First Impression. Octavo (17.5cm); photo-illustrated wrappers; 222, [1]pp. Signed and inscribed by both authors on the half-title page: "A Madame Cordroc 'h, avec notre gratitude et l'homage de notre défèrente sympathie / Th. Narcejac / Pierre Boileau." Forward lean, vertical creasing along spine and left edge of front wrapper, with rubbing to joints and extremities (particularly at crown and lower rear joint), with a few faint creases and a handful of tiny spots to upper edge of textblock; recipient's name (in ink) to front endpaper, else clean throughout; Very Good.

Comments

True first edition of the French crime fiction duo's third novel, preceding the British edition by two years and the American by three. Basis for the iconic 1958 film noir Vertigo, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, and Barbara Bel Geddes. Not only is Vertigo widely recognized as Hitchcock's masterpiece, it is also routinely cited by AFI and Sight and Sound as one of the greatest films ever made. Seldom offered in commerce, and for such an important film source book, it is surprisingly underrepresented institutionally; OCLC locates just three holdings in American institutions. The only inscribed copy we have seen. Hubin, p.39.


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