London: Peter Owen Limited, 1969. First Edition. Small Octavo. Fine / About Fine. Item #08408
SIGNED ON TITLE PAGE BY SUE GRAFTON without personalization. Signing witnessed by bookseller, Charles Parkhurst. Bound in original orange boards, spine lettered in gilt; pictorial dust jacket, with price in pounds sterling on front flap. Author's second and rarest book. Only two copies show in the auction records. A beautiful copy, with small owner address label on front end paper and date stamp on front pastedown. Armorial bookplate is laid in. Includes: the original publisher's contract for "The Lolly-Madonna War", a completely typed agreement with Peter Owen Ltd. of London, dated December 10, 1968. Three legal-sized pages of typscript, outlining rights, royalties, advance, etc. The contract is SIGNED "Sue Grafton (Schmidt)." Some creasing to the thin paper with a chip in the margin of the first two pages from a removed staple. The source of the 1970's movie "Lolly-Madonna XXX" starring Rod Steiger. Robert Ryan and Jeff Bridges. Since Grafton decided not to publish the book in the U.S. and never allowed it to be reprinted, this is the only contract ever signed for this early effort.