Royal Books

Seller of rare books and paper in Baltimore, specializing in cinema, music, literature, and the arts.
The Snake Pit | Mary Jane Ward | 1946
First Edition. Fine and unread in a Fine dust jacket. INSCRIBED by the author on the half-title page. Basis for the 1948 Oscar-nominated film, directed by Anatole Litvak and starring Olivia DeHavilland in an interesting turn as a woman who wakes up in a mental ward and is unable to remember how she got there. A stunning copy.

The Snake Pit | Mary Jane Ward | 1946

First Edition. Fine and unread in a Fine dust jacket. INSCRIBED by the author on the half-title page. Basis for the 1948 Oscar-nominated film, directed by Anatole Litvak and starring Olivia DeHavilland in an interesting turn as a woman who wakes up in a mental ward and is unable to remember how she got there. A stunning copy.

Mary Poppins | Robert Stevenson | 1963
Shooting script for the 1964 film. Based loosely on the P.L. Travers book series. Julie Andrews is a magical nanny briefly employed by a dysfunctional Edwardian London family in this classic Disney feature that combines both live action and animated sequences. The film won five Academy Awards and was nominated for another seven, including Best Picture, making “Mary Poppins” the highest-awarded Walt Disney feature ever. Novelist Travers famously voiced her objections to the Disney adaptation of her character, particularly the animated scenes and musical numbers for which the film later gained so much acclaim. Blue studio wrappers, noted as SHOOTING SCRIPT on the front wrapper, marked production No. 2162, dated February 11, 1963, with credits for screenwriters Walsch and DaGradi, songwriters Sherman and Sherman, and novelist Travers. Title page present, dated February 11, 1963, noted as Shooting Script, with credits for screenwriters Walsch and DaGradi, songwriters Sherman and Sherman, and novelist Travers. 207 leaves, mimeograph, with blue and green revision pages throughout, dated variously between 5/14/63 and 6/26/63. Pages about Fine, wrapper Near Fine bound with three gold brads.National Film Registry.

Mary Poppins | Robert Stevenson | 1963

Shooting script for the 1964 film. Based loosely on the P.L. Travers book series.

Julie Andrews is a magical nanny briefly employed by a dysfunctional Edwardian London family in this classic Disney feature that combines both live action and animated sequences. The film won five Academy Awards and was nominated for another seven, including Best Picture, making “Mary Poppins” the highest-awarded Walt Disney feature ever. Novelist Travers famously voiced her objections to the Disney adaptation of her character, particularly the animated scenes and musical numbers for which the film later gained so much acclaim.

Blue studio wrappers, noted as SHOOTING SCRIPT on the front wrapper, marked production No. 2162, dated February 11, 1963, with credits for screenwriters Walsch and DaGradi, songwriters Sherman and Sherman, and novelist Travers. Title page present, dated February 11, 1963, noted as Shooting Script, with credits for screenwriters Walsch and DaGradi, songwriters Sherman and Sherman, and novelist Travers. 207 leaves, mimeograph, with blue and green revision pages throughout, dated variously between 5/14/63 and 6/26/63. Pages about Fine, wrapper Near Fine bound with three gold brads.

National Film Registry.

The Night of Fear | Moray Dalton | 1931
First Edition. Fine in an exceptionally bright, Near Fine dust jacket. A Harper Sealed Mystery, with the seal still completely intact. Just a touch of rubbing to a few corners, and a single short closed tear at the bottom front panel. Rare both in jacket and with an unbroken seal.

The Night of Fear | Moray Dalton | 1931

First Edition. Fine in an exceptionally bright, Near Fine dust jacket. A Harper Sealed Mystery, with the seal still completely intact. Just a touch of rubbing to a few corners, and a single short closed tear at the bottom front panel. Rare both in jacket and with an unbroken seal.

Abbott and Costello Go to Mars | D.D. Beauchamp | 1951
Screenwriter D.D. Beauchamp’s handwritten manuscript treatment for the 1953 Universal film comedy, “Abbott and Costello Go to Mars.” Present in its entirety is Beachamp’s original treatment, executed in pencil, with holograph corrections. Interspersed throughout are the resulting typewritten pages (also with holograph corrections). The combined pages are bradbound with green studio covers, showing a date of December 5, 1951 (two years prior to the film’s release, and well before production began), and the word “Treatment” written in ink at the top right corner, along with a stamped studio reference number. All told, a complete document of the original holograph manuscript and first typewritten draft of the film’s treatment. "Abbott and Costello Go to Mars" was released in 1951, and is today held in some regard by B-movie science fiction buffs as well as Abbott and Costello fans. In the film, our heroes are maintenance men who accidentally stow away on board an experimental rocket ship—one that goes not to Mars but to Venus, only to land in the middle of a "Miss Universe" pageant. The pageant includes many worthy contestants, including Anita Ekberg. A superb original screen story for one of the twentieth century’s most revered comedy teams, in its earliest form. Fine condition, with manuscript pages 8.5 x 13 inches, typewritten pages 8.5 by 11 inches. Housed in a custom quarter-leather clamshell box.

Abbott and Costello Go to Mars | D.D. Beauchamp | 1951

Screenwriter D.D. Beauchamp’s handwritten manuscript treatment for the 1953 Universal film comedy, “Abbott and Costello Go to Mars.” Present in its entirety is Beachamp’s original treatment, executed in pencil, with holograph corrections. Interspersed throughout are the resulting typewritten pages (also with holograph corrections). The combined pages are bradbound with green studio covers, showing a date of December 5, 1951 (two years prior to the film’s release, and well before production began), and the word “Treatment” written in ink at the top right corner, along with a stamped studio reference number. All told, a complete document of the original holograph manuscript and first typewritten draft of the film’s treatment.

"Abbott and Costello Go to Mars" was released in 1951, and is today held in some regard by B-movie science fiction buffs as well as Abbott and Costello fans. In the film, our heroes are maintenance men who accidentally stow away on board an experimental rocket ship—one that goes not to Mars but to Venus, only to land in the middle of a "Miss Universe" pageant. The pageant includes many worthy contestants, including Anita Ekberg. A superb original screen story for one of the twentieth century’s most revered comedy teams, in its earliest form.

Fine condition, with manuscript pages 8.5 x 13 inches, typewritten pages 8.5 by 11 inches. Housed in a custom quarter-leather clamshell box.

Writings about Music | Steve Reich | 1974
First Edition. First issue binding, without the UNIVERSAL EDITION notation on the spine, and without the added note about typographical corrections by Reich at the end of his Introduction. Association copy, inscribed by Steve Reich to Paul Fromm on the verso of the front endpaper: “for Paul Fromm / From Steve Reich.” Fromm, who passed away in 1987, was one of the most important enablers of twentieth century classical music, establishing in 1944 the Fromm Musical Foundation, which commissions major works to this day. He was a fan of Reich’s work from early on, and in 1985 the Fromm Foundation commissioned Reich’s piece, “New York Counterpoint,” now considered one of his most important works. Though the inscription is not dated, it was likely made near to the date of publication, predating the commission by nearly a decade. In 2006, Reich’s 70th birthday was celebrated with major performances at Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Carnegie Hall. A scarce signature and a great association between one of the twentieth century’s greatest composers and one of its greatest patrons. Reich’s first and only book.Near Fine in card wrappers, in a Near Fine example of the scarce dust jacket, with only a small chip at the top front panel to note.

Writings about Music | Steve Reich | 1974

First Edition. First issue binding, without the UNIVERSAL EDITION notation on the spine, and without the added note about typographical corrections by Reich at the end of his Introduction. Association copy, inscribed by Steve Reich to Paul Fromm on the verso of the front endpaper: “for Paul Fromm / From Steve Reich.”

Fromm, who passed away in 1987, was one of the most important enablers of twentieth century classical music, establishing in 1944 the Fromm Musical Foundation, which commissions major works to this day. He was a fan of Reich’s work from early on, and in 1985 the Fromm Foundation commissioned Reich’s piece, “New York Counterpoint,” now considered one of his most important works.

Though the inscription is not dated, it was likely made near to the date of publication, predating the commission by nearly a decade. In 2006, Reich’s 70th birthday was celebrated with major performances at Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Carnegie Hall. A scarce signature and a great association between one of the twentieth century’s greatest composers and one of its greatest patrons. Reich’s first and only book.

Near Fine in card wrappers, in a Near Fine example of the scarce dust jacket, with only a small chip at the top front panel to note.

Folkways 1963 Compilation, featuring Bob Dylan performing as “Blind Boy Grunt,” signed by Dylan | 1963
Folkways, 1963. Long-playing record. Dylan has boldly inscribed the front panel of the record sleeve, “Blind Boy Grunt, Ha Ha!” and drawn a pair of sunglasses. Signed for Peter McKenzie, this the only known example of Dylan signing with this early (and briefly used) pseudonym. Jacket split along top and bottom edge, front cover clean and bright. A selection of folk music recordings by various artists, released via the famous folk music magazine. Dylan had recorded songs for this compilation just prior to being signed to Columbia Records, and for legal reasons had to appear on the record as “Blind Boy Grunt,” no doubt concocted from Dylan’s growing fondness for wearing sunglasses. Rare. Provenance: Peter McKenzie (signed and notarized letter of provenance from McKenzie, specific to this item, is included).Housed in a custom clamshell box. Near Fine.

Folkways 1963 Compilation, featuring Bob Dylan performing as “Blind Boy Grunt,” signed by Dylan | 1963

Folkways, 1963. Long-playing record. Dylan has boldly inscribed the front panel of the record sleeve, “Blind Boy Grunt, Ha Ha!” and drawn a pair of sunglasses. Signed for Peter McKenzie, this the only known example of Dylan signing with this early (and briefly used) pseudonym. Jacket split along top and bottom edge, front cover clean and bright.

A selection of folk music recordings by various artists, released via the famous folk music magazine. Dylan had recorded songs for this compilation just prior to being signed to Columbia Records, and for legal reasons had to appear on the record as “Blind Boy Grunt,” no doubt concocted from Dylan’s growing fondness for wearing sunglasses. Rare. Provenance: Peter McKenzie (signed and notarized letter of provenance from McKenzie, specific to this item, is included).

Housed in a custom clamshell box. Near Fine.

One-page musical quotation from Sonata on the Long Eclipse of the Moon, July 6, 1982 (Opus 367 for Piano) | Alan Hovhaness | 1982
One page musical manuscript quotation, 11x14 inches, from “Sonata on the Long Eclipse of the Moon, July 6, 1982. (Opus 367 for piano).” INSCRIBED by Hovhaness at the bottom of the page: “To the Word Book Store / To Mr. V.E. Moody: from Sonata on the Long Eclipse of the Moon / July 6, 1982 / Alan Hovhaness / Copyright 1982, By Fujihara Music Co., Inc.” A 6-line autograph quotation, with each line bearing two treble clefs, totaling 12-lines, written out in the composer’s very neat hand. Entire manuscript pages by the composer are extremely uncommon. Near Fine.

One-page musical quotation from Sonata on the Long Eclipse of the Moon, July 6, 1982 (Opus 367 for Piano) | Alan Hovhaness | 1982

One page musical manuscript quotation, 11x14 inches, from “Sonata on the Long Eclipse of the Moon, July 6, 1982. (Opus 367 for piano).” INSCRIBED by Hovhaness at the bottom of the page: “To the Word Book Store / To Mr. V.E. Moody: from Sonata on the Long Eclipse of the Moon / July 6, 1982 / Alan Hovhaness / Copyright 1982, By Fujihara Music Co., Inc.”

A 6-line autograph quotation, with each line bearing two treble clefs, totaling 12-lines, written out in the composer’s very neat hand. Entire manuscript pages by the composer are extremely uncommon.

Near Fine.

Raymond Pettibon: The Books 1978-1998 | 2000
First Edition. wrappered issue. SIGNED by Pettibon in blue marker on the half-title page Raymond Pettibon’s massive catalogue raisonne, a beautifully produced affair. The cover of each of the artist’s separate wrappered editions is included, and the designers of the book were careful to preserve the original dimensions of Pettibon’s ink-and-paper creations, whose relevance and permanence seem to grow with every passing year. Very slight creasing at the spine panel, else a Fine copy.

Raymond Pettibon: The Books 1978-1998 | 2000

First Edition. wrappered issue. SIGNED by Pettibon in blue marker on the half-title page

Raymond Pettibon’s massive catalogue raisonne, a beautifully produced affair. The cover of each of the artist’s separate wrappered editions is included, and the designers of the book were careful to preserve the original dimensions of Pettibon’s ink-and-paper creations, whose relevance and permanence seem to grow with every passing year.

Very slight creasing at the spine panel, else a Fine copy.

The Edge of Doom | Leo Brady | 1949
First Edition. One of 1500 copies SIGNED by the author on a tipped-in colophon page that replaces the front endpaper, this copy additionally inscribed: “For Ralph Hancock / Sincerely / Leo Brady.” Basis for the unusual 1950 film noir, directed by Mark Robson and starring Dana Andrews and Farley Granger. Not an uncommon book, but a difficult one to find in superior condition.Near Fine in a bright, Near Fine dust jacket. Some light foxing to the endpapers and jacket flaps; jacket shows a single short closed tear at the top rear panel, else a lovely copy.

The Edge of Doom | Leo Brady | 1949

First Edition. One of 1500 copies SIGNED by the author on a tipped-in colophon page that replaces the front endpaper, this copy additionally inscribed: “For Ralph Hancock / Sincerely / Leo Brady.”

Basis for the unusual 1950 film noir, directed by Mark Robson and starring Dana Andrews and Farley Granger. Not an uncommon book, but a difficult one to find in superior condition.

Near Fine in a bright, Near Fine dust jacket. Some light foxing to the endpapers and jacket flaps; jacket shows a single short closed tear at the top rear panel, else a lovely copy.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom | Steven Spielberg | 1983

Revised script for the 1983 film. Working screenplay, with red rubber stamp watermark INDY 2 MAR22 00059 on the recto of each leaf. Mechanically reproduced, raised text, with one revision in original typescript. The only working copy of this script we have ever handled.

A working script produced about one month prior to the commencement of shooting, which began on April 18, 1983. From the collection of cinematographer Carlos Gil.

The second film in the renowned Indiana Jones series (which we insist on continuing to refer to as a trilogy), a dark prequel to the first installment, “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Steven Spielberg spared no effort in making a breathlessly entertaining adventure film in the old style, utilizing a minimum of special effects. Pauline Kael called the film, “one of the most sheerly pleasurable films ever made,” and Roger Ebert deemed it, “not so much a sequel as an equal. It’s quite an experience.”

Black spring binder. Title page present, marked copy No. 00059, dated 3/1/83, noted as Revised, with credits for story writer Lucas, screenwriters Huyck and Katz, and director Spielberg. 133 leaves, mechanically reproduced on yellow stock, with yellow revision pages throughout, dated 3/1/83 and 3/10/83. Pages Near Fine, spring binder Near Fine.

In a custom red quarter-leather clamshell box.