Signed copy of Little Caesar by W.R. Burnett, inscribed to screenwriter and Hollywood press agent, Jimmy Starr.
Octavo, 255pp. Red cloth, title printed on spine over black cloth. First printing of the “new edition” of Little Caesar. The first edition was printed in 1929 and published by The Dial Press. In publisher’s near fine dust jacket, $3.50 retail price on front flap, light toning to spine, an attractive copy. Inscribed by the author: “Dear Jimmie – Here’s the new edition of Little Caesar. I know you have quite a collection of my books – thought you’d like this – all my best. Bill Burnett. Apr 14 ’58.” An uncommon signature.
This book was the basis of the classic 1931 gangster film by the same name, starring Edward G. Robinson and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.