Royal Books

Seller of rare books and paper in Baltimore, specializing in cinema, music, literature, and the arts.
Babel: A Film by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu | 2006
First Edition. SIGNED on the title page by the film’s director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, and composer of the score, Gustavo Santaolalla (winner of the Academy Award for his score to “Brokeback Mountain”). Laid in is a full-color card advertising the event at which the book was signed."Babel" is the third (and apparently final) film by this team, ending a widely-praised trilogy that included "Amores Perros" (2000) and "21 Grams" (2003). A beautifully photographed production, presented in monograph style, with still shots from both the film and the sets. Divided into three sections, based on the locations where the film was made: Morocco, Mexico and Japan, and followed by a transcribed conversation between Rodrigo Garcia and Inarritu. Fine and unread in a Fine dust jacket.

Babel: A Film by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu | 2006

First Edition. SIGNED on the title page by the film’s director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, and composer of the score, Gustavo Santaolalla (winner of the Academy Award for his score to “Brokeback Mountain”). Laid in is a full-color card advertising the event at which the book was signed.

"Babel" is the third (and apparently final) film by this team, ending a widely-praised trilogy that included "Amores Perros" (2000) and "21 Grams" (2003). A beautifully photographed production, presented in monograph style, with still shots from both the film and the sets. Divided into three sections, based on the locations where the film was made: Morocco, Mexico and Japan, and followed by a transcribed conversation between Rodrigo Garcia and Inarritu.

Fine and unread in a Fine dust jacket.

The Middle-Aged Man on the Flying Trapeze (Larry McMurtry’s copy) | James Thurber | 1935
First Edition. Copy belonging to author Larry McMurtry, with his extremely neat (and therefore very early) ownership signature in pencil at the top front endpaper. Light scattered foxing to the book spine and board edges, else a bright, clean copy; jacket is only lightly worn, with no significant chips or tears, and only a bit of the inevitable spine fading. A nice connection between two major American writers.Very Good plus in a Very Good plus dust jacket.

The Middle-Aged Man on the Flying Trapeze (Larry McMurtry’s copy) | James Thurber | 1935

First Edition. Copy belonging to author Larry McMurtry, with his extremely neat (and therefore very early) ownership signature in pencil at the top front endpaper. Light scattered foxing to the book spine and board edges, else a bright, clean copy; jacket is only lightly worn, with no significant chips or tears, and only a bit of the inevitable spine fading. A nice connection between two major American writers.

Very Good plus in a Very Good plus dust jacket.

Harmonielehre | Arnold Schönberg | 1911
First German Edition (and correct first). Published before Schonberg began work on his 12-tone [twelve-tone] system in 1922, he was a traditionalist and friend of Gustav Mahler, to whom this book is lengthily dedicated. This book hints at the concepts in harmony that would later dominate Schonberg’s work, a transition that would become a major influence on the expressionist movement not only in German music, but also in poetry, art and cinema. Very Good in original pale green Art Nouveau-style wrappers. Neat cello tape repairs at the crown and heel of the wrapper, wear along the outer edges of same, slight roll to the spine. Overall, a bright, clean copy of a rare musical document.

Harmonielehre | Arnold Schönberg | 1911

First German Edition (and correct first). Published before Schonberg began work on his 12-tone [twelve-tone] system in 1922, he was a traditionalist and friend of Gustav Mahler, to whom this book is lengthily dedicated. This book hints at the concepts in harmony that would later dominate Schonberg’s work, a transition that would become a major influence on the expressionist movement not only in German music, but also in poetry, art and cinema.

Very Good in original pale green Art Nouveau-style wrappers. Neat cello tape repairs at the crown and heel of the wrapper, wear along the outer edges of same, slight roll to the spine. Overall, a bright, clean copy of a rare musical document.

Sergeant York and His People | Sam K. Cowan | 1922
First Edition. Along with the later book by Tom Skeyhill, this the factual basis for the classic 1941 film directed by Howard Hawks and starring Gary Cooper. The real-life Alvin York, a famed World War I “hillbilly sharpshooter” from Tennessee, who started out as a pacifist but ultimately became a war hero. York reportedly allowed the film to be made only on the condition that he be portrayed by Cooper. Near Fine in a Very Good plus example of the scarce dust jacket. Spine gilt is very slightly dulled but completely intact; jacket is bright, with small chips at the crown and a couple of corners. A very presentable copy, the only one we have ever encountered in a jacket.

Sergeant York and His People | Sam K. Cowan | 1922

First Edition. Along with the later book by Tom Skeyhill, this the factual basis for the classic 1941 film directed by Howard Hawks and starring Gary Cooper. The real-life Alvin York, a famed World War I “hillbilly sharpshooter” from Tennessee, who started out as a pacifist but ultimately became a war hero. York reportedly allowed the film to be made only on the condition that he be portrayed by Cooper.

Near Fine in a Very Good plus example of the scarce dust jacket. Spine gilt is very slightly dulled but completely intact; jacket is bright, with small chips at the crown and a couple of corners. A very presentable copy, the only one we have ever encountered in a jacket.

Inventaire de Objets Ayant Appartenu à une Femme de Bois-Colombes | Christian Boltanski | 1974
First Edition. One of four photobooks published by photographer and artist Boltanski, whose notion was to demonstrate a person by way of photographing all her worldly possessions. In this case, the person was a single woman living in a flat in Bois-Colombes, a suburb of Paris. Fine in tan perfect-bound wrappers as issued. Parr & Badger, Vol. 2.

Inventaire de Objets Ayant Appartenu à une Femme de Bois-Colombes | Christian Boltanski | 1974

First Edition. One of four photobooks published by photographer and artist Boltanski, whose notion was to demonstrate a person by way of photographing all her worldly possessions. In this case, the person was a single woman living in a flat in Bois-Colombes, a suburb of Paris.

Fine in tan perfect-bound wrappers as issued.

Parr & Badger, Vol. 2.

Lynch on Lynch | David Lynch | 1997
First Edition. SIGNED by the legendary director on the title page. A key Lynch title, replete with incisive, detailed interviews about Lynch’s films, beginning with his experimental work prior to “Eraserhead” and ending with “Wild at Heart.” Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket.

Lynch on Lynch | David Lynch | 1997

First Edition. SIGNED by the legendary director on the title page. A key Lynch title, replete with incisive, detailed interviews about Lynch’s films, beginning with his experimental work prior to “Eraserhead” and ending with “Wild at Heart.”

Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket.

Notes on Cinematography | Robert Bresson | 1977
First American Edition, and first edition in English (first published in French by Gallimard in 1975), and only hardcover edition. Association copy, INSCRIBED by Bresson to the book’s translator at the front endpaper: “Pour Jack – bien amicalement avec tous mes voeux pour ton travail, Robert Bresson.” The only book authored by one of cinema’s greatest auteurs, a mini-treatise on his film objectives and philosophy developed during the three decades he made films, the hardcover edition of which is most uncommon. Bresson was a notorious recluse during his lifetime, and autograph material of any kind is rare. Since this title was published in the United States and likely mailed to Bresson for an autograph by the translator, it is probably one of the only a handful of inscribed copies in existence.Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. In a custom quarter-leather clamshell box.

Notes on Cinematography | Robert Bresson | 1977

First American Edition, and first edition in English (first published in French by Gallimard in 1975), and only hardcover edition. Association copy, INSCRIBED by Bresson to the book’s translator at the front endpaper: “Pour Jack – bien amicalement avec tous mes voeux pour ton travail, Robert Bresson.”

The only book authored by one of cinema’s greatest auteurs, a mini-treatise on his film objectives and philosophy developed during the three decades he made films, the hardcover edition of which is most uncommon. Bresson was a notorious recluse during his lifetime, and autograph material of any kind is rare. Since this title was published in the United States and likely mailed to Bresson for an autograph by the translator, it is probably one of the only a handful of inscribed copies in existence.

Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. In a custom quarter-leather clamshell box.

Eyes That Watch You  | Cornell Woolrich writing as William Irish | 1952
First Edition. Laid in is a photocopy of a undated and rather personal letter from Woolrich to a friend (on Sheraton-Russell Hotel stationery from New York City), confessing some anxiety about what to do next with his life. One of the author’s most difficult titles, a collection of stories assembled from earlier pulp appearances, normally found either with no jacket at all or with an extremely rough one. Basis for the 1948 film noir, “Return of the Whistler.”Fine and unread in a bright, just about Near Fine dust jacket. Jacket is superior for this title, with only a touch of rubbing at the extremities, some nicking at the crown, and importantly, only a touch of the usual fading to the sensitive pink portion of the spine panel.

Eyes That Watch You  | Cornell Woolrich writing as William Irish | 1952

First Edition. Laid in is a photocopy of a undated and rather personal letter from Woolrich to a friend (on Sheraton-Russell Hotel stationery from New York City), confessing some anxiety about what to do next with his life.

One of the author’s most difficult titles, a collection of stories assembled from earlier pulp appearances, normally found either with no jacket at all or with an extremely rough one. Basis for the 1948 film noir, “Return of the Whistler.”

Fine and unread in a bright, just about Near Fine dust jacket. Jacket is superior for this title, with only a touch of rubbing at the extremities, some nicking at the crown, and importantly, only a touch of the usual fading to the sensitive pink portion of the spine panel.

And Now Tomorrow | Raymond Chandler | 1943

Revised draft for the 1943 film. Co-written for the screen by Raymond Chandler and Frank Partos. Chandler’s contribution to the script had mostly to do with Alan Ladd’s character and his tough dialogue (elements sneered at by the media upon the film’s release). Laid in is an 8-page shooting schedule on blue stock, a 6-page revision to sequence “A” on yellow onionskin stock, and 14 pages of “inter-office communication” on yellow studio stationery (comments on scenes, sequences, and pages of the script).

Based on Rachel Field’s 1942 novel, about Emily Blair (Loretta Young), a wealthy deaf girl whose hometown is named for her family. Doctor Vance (Ladd) , who grew up on the other side of town, resents the Blair family, but is working on a serum to cure deafness which he tries on Emily, and she is eventually cured.

One of only five screenplays written by Chandler, this being the second, following his script for the classic “Double Indemnity” (1944), based on James M. Cain’s novel.

Chandler had a tumultuous career in Hollywood, including a suspension in late 1945 from Paramount for “refusing to perform under a contract which is not a proper expression of my standing in the motion picture business,” but his influence on film adaptation is nearly unmatched, with scripts and stories that pushed the limits of the Production Code Administration.

Script:

White self wrappers, production No. SF 8577, dated December 3, 1943, with credits for screenwriters Partos and Chandler. Title page integral with front wrapper in the Paramount style. 137 leaves, mimeograph, with blue and light blue revision pages throughout, dated variously between 1/11/43 (possibly a typo) and 3/30/44, other leaves dated variously between 12/3/43 and 12/5/44 (possibly a typo). Pages Near Fine, wrapper now encapsulated in mylar, with cello tape and spine label remnants, bound with two gold brads.

Shooting Schedule:

Corner-stapled blue stock, noted as 4TH TENTATIVE BLUE / BASED ON A-B-C-D-E (PART) SEQUENCES, dated 12/13/43 (start) and 2/9/44 (close), with credits for director Pichel, assistant director O. (Oscar) Rudolph, and business manager B. (Bernard) McEveety. 8 pages, folded horizontally, rust to the staple, else Near Fine.

Revision:

Yellow onionskin stock, loose but bound with a paperclip. Holograph notations in pencil to the last leaf (recto and verso), detailing a few scene changes. 6 pages, folded horizontally, paperclip indentation and rust to the clip, else Near Fine.

Inter-Office Communication:

Corner-stapled yellow studio stationery, dated variously between 2/15/43 and 1/3/44. The earliest dated page contains notes on the script, noting Talbot Jennings as the screenwriter. 14 pages, hole punches at the top edges, rust to the staples, else Near Fine.

Luhr, Raymond Chandler and Film, pp. 39-41. MacShane, pp. 62-63.

The Doors | 2006
First Edition. SIGNED on the title page by the three living members of The Doors, Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore. A fabulous, profusely photo illustrated retrospective on one of the most influential rock bands of the twentieth century. Replete with photographs from live performances, the studio and elsewhere, interspersed with a history of the band by Ben Fong-Torres (the last journalist to have interviewed Jim Morrison), and numerous interviews. Signed by the band during their 40th anniversary gathering on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.Fine and unread in a Fine dust jacket.

The Doors | 2006

First Edition. SIGNED on the title page by the three living members of The Doors, Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore.

A fabulous, profusely photo illustrated retrospective on one of the most influential rock bands of the twentieth century. Replete with photographs from live performances, the studio and elsewhere, interspersed with a history of the band by Ben Fong-Torres (the last journalist to have interviewed Jim Morrison), and numerous interviews. Signed by the band during their 40th anniversary gathering on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.

Fine and unread in a Fine dust jacket.