New York: Covici-Friede, 1928. First Edition. INSCRIBED by Hecht to members of his family on the front endpaper: "To Peter, Esther, Patty Hecht / From Ben Hecht / Love."
Ben Hecht's rarest and most important play, basis for three key films: in 1931 with Adolphe Menjou and Pat O'Brien, in 1974 with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, and most importantly, the classic screwball comedy "His Girl Friday," with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in 1940. Hecht is arguably the greatest screenwriter of Hollywood's golden era, Housed in a custom quarter-leather clamshell box.
Very Good plus or better in a Near Fine, professionally restored example of the rare dust jacket. Spine slightly toned, faint foxing and a tiny stain at the page fore-edges, and light rubbing and bumping at the extremities. Jacket presents beautifully, with only a few cello-tape repairs at the verso to note.