Charlie Grapewin  ("Uncle Henry") & Margaret Hamilton
Original VERY RARE Signed Books
"The Town Pump" by Charlie Grapewin

 

"The Town Pump" - SIGNED by Charlie Grapewin

A great addition to the ultimate Oz collection … A EXTREMELY SCARE  (actually most likely EXTINCT, try and find another, never mind a signed copy) beautiful copy of "The Town Pump – “An American Comedy" by Charlie Grapewin in collaboration with Anthony Hillyer.  And, if you are a true Oz fan, you need not ask “who”. This book is signed by Uncle Henry himself and reads, "To old man Dalig - From Kid Grapewin -  1934.  He wrote something before the date but I can't make it out, I think it may say "Some Time or Summer Time in".  The Wizard of Oz was to be Grapewin's last film, but he came out of retirement that same year to film, The Grapes of Wrath.  This book was privately published and Grapewin himself numbered it "copy 199."  As any Oz collector will tell you, Charley Grapewin is one of the hardest Oz signatures to find, so don't let this pass you buy.  The book is extremely clean and in very good condition, the exception being a half cracked hinge. Dust jacket in very good condition as well.

 

VERY VERY RARE - We think  EXTINCT as you will NEVER FIND ANOTHER.

$995

THE MAKING OF THE WIZARD OF OZ

BY ALJEAN HARMETZ

COPYRIGHT 1977, FIRST EDITION

hand-signed by Margaret Hamilton in her unmistakable long personal inscription , "with my warmest wishes and my love to you Dale - from Maggie - and that other woman - witchable wishes W.W.W!"" 

This is a scarce First Edition of The Making of the Wizard of Oz  published in hardback by Alfred A. Kropf in the USA in 1977.   And what makes it even more special, is that Margaret Hamilton, AKA "the Wicked Witch of the West", has written an inscription and hand-signed it "W.W.W." as was her usual way of signing her autograph.  The book comes complete with its dustjacket.   This is a First Edition, clearly stating that on the title page.

The book has 330 pages, and includes 93 illustrations and photographs, 18 in full color.    "From the scriptwriters at work...to the scandal headlines of Munchkin orgies at the Culver City Hotel to the Witch's accidental burning, to the director who stayed on the set just long enough to replace Judy Garland's blond wig with brown braids - here is The Making of The Wizard of Oz.  This richly detailed re-creation brings alive, as never before, a major Hollywood studio and reveals, through hundreds of interviews (with cameramen, screen writers, costume designers, directors, producers, light technicians, actors, et al), how the factorylike Hollywood system of movie-making miraculously produced one of the most enduring and best-loved films ever made."

The pages of the book are slightly separated from the book cover, extending about 1/3 of the way down from the top.  All of the pages are secure, none are loose.   The dustjacket shows some wear to the edges and a 4" tear on the binding edge (has been scotch-taped); it has not been price-clipped (original price $12.95). 

VERY RARE Book, but ALSO signed by the "Witch"?, probably only only one in existence.

$575