Dark Star

Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, (1929).

Price: $2,750.00

Hardcover. First edition. Owner name, fine in beautiful, very near fine dustwrapper with a little light wear and fading at the spine. Laid in is a postcard order form for the book. One of 100 numbered copies Signed by the author, as well as additionally signed on the limitation page by actress Mary Pickford, and by the book's dedicatee, Frances Marion. Author's first book, basis for the George Hill film *Min and Bill*, with a screenplay by Frances Marion and Marion Jackson and featuring Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery in their first foray as an unlikely romantic duo. Dressler won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Min over fellow nominees Irene Dunne, Marlene Dietrich, Norma Shearer, and Ann Harding. The Dressler-Beery partnership proved so appealing that they were reunited three years later in both *Tugboat Annie* and *Dinner at Eight*. Lorna Moon bore a son out of wedlock to director William DeMille, with the child being raised by Cecil B. DeMille. This copy was purchased from the library of the son, Richard DeMille. After the child was born, Moon was in dire straits and her close friends Marion and Pickford helped to get the book published, and successfully pushed to have the film made, although Moon died soon afterward. Rare, and an important association copy.

Item #56937

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