29 June 2005
KESSELRING, Joseph. Arsenic and Old Lace. New York: Random House, 1941.
8o. Original buckram cloth; pictorial dust jacket (some minor darkening); elaborate quarter morocco folding case with onlays of lace and a bottle of poison on the upper cover and lace and several skull- and-crossbones along the spine. Provenance: Mary R. Birch (ownership label on rear endpaper).
FIRST EDITION, signed by the entire cast of the original production. Frank Kapra directed the 1944 film version starring Cary Grant as theatre critic Mortimer Brewster, who discovers that his aunts have been been poisoning elderly gentleman callers and burying them in the cellar. EXTREMELY RARE: According to American Book Prices Current, no signed or inscribed copy has appeared at auction in at least the past 30 years.
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