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WILLIAMS, Tennessee.

The Rose Tattoo.

Published: New York: New Directions, 1951

Stock code: 90192

Price: £2,500

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First edition, first printing, second issue binding. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to his friend the film producer Paul Nathan on the front free endpaper: “To Paul, fondly, Tennessee”. Paul Nathan (1912–1977) produced the 1961 film adaptation of Williams’s play Summer and Smoke. He also worked on several Westerns, among them True Grit and Gunfight at the OK Corral, and the 1967 comedy Barefoot in the Park. With Paramount Pictures’ rubber stamp above Williams’s inscription, rubbed out in pink felt pen or crayon.

Octavo. Original beige cloth, titles to spine in red. With the dust jacket. Extremities very lightly rubbed, head and tail of spine a touch crumpled, gutters faintly tanned. An excellent copy in a jacket split along front joint and with a couple of tiny chips at head and tail of spine panel.

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