New York: The Vanguard Press, 1935.
First edition. 322 pp. 8vo. First edition of Nelson Algren's first book inscribed by the author to Matthew Monahan of Gotham Book Mart. Brown cloth on boards with some soiling and slight fraying along seam at spine and at head and foot of spine, previous ownership of Edward Landberg of the Berkeley Cinema Guild in black ink on ffep, inscribed in blue ink in the hand of Algren to Matthew Monahan of Gotham Book Mart on verso of half title. Overall a very good association copy Item #338553
Ed Landberg was the founder of the Berkeley Cinema Guild and Studio in Berkeley California in the late 1950s, during which he was partners with the film critic Pauline Kael. An Oakland Tribune article from 1961 describes a lawsuit by Kael against Landberg, noting misappropriation of corporate funds to purchase items such as “a hi-fi set . . . and a sports car, too.” Kael later moved to New York City, while Landberg continued operating the Cinema Guild. It's likely during this time that Landberg's copy of Nelson Algren's first book made it's way to the east coast. At some point Matthew Monahan who oversaw rare books at Gotham Book Mart and Gallery maintained a close relationship with many of the writers the shop worked with over the years obtained the book and had Algren sign it.
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