James Dean. A Biography.New York: Ballantine Books, 1956 Stock Code: 82039
First edition, first printing; scarce hardbound edition, of James Dean's posthumous biography written (as his first book) by his close friend William Bast, who he met rehearsing for a student theatre production of Macbeth at UCLA in 1950. This is the copy of Dean's "Rebel Without a Cause" co-star Steffi Skolsky (who played Mil under the stage-name Steffi Sidney), with her owl bookplate stamp to the front pastedown, and her occasional ink annotations in the text. This book has also been signed on the front free endpaper by the film's screenwriter, "Stewart Stern, 'Rebel Without a Cause'".
Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine in black. With the photographic dust jacket (reproducing two photographs by Roy Schatt).
Photographic portrait frontispiece by Roy Schatt.
Corners nicked, spine rolled with a crease. Still an excellent copy in the spine-faded and rubbed jacket with creases and tears to the extremities and a small ink mark to rear panel.
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