Markey. Gene. The Road to Rouen, New York: The John Day Company, . First edition, signed and inscribed “For Helen Clark—from her friend Gene Markey,” in green ink to Markey’s Hollywood beautician friend, Helen Clark (whose specialty was scalp stimulation), with a self-caricature of the sometime caricaturist and screenwriter Markey showing his need for Clark’s treatment. The drawing is red and green with the legend: “From a 1931 Photo.” Obviously, Markey was having some fun with Clark over the projected success of her treatment on him. Dust jacket illustration courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar, with a tape-repaired spine and hand-lettering. Printed on fine heavy paper. Black embossed cloth with gilt lettering on the front cover.
A fifty-five-page novella, almost entirely in dialogue, is set in Deauville. A legendary beauty is about to marry yet again. This time, she has a conversation with her banker fiancé’s best male friend, an un-moneyed Argentine, in which they banter with amiable malice about their respective amorous adventures. The book is a masterpiece of concision and takes its title from an old inn at Falourde. Anthony asks, “You know the place?” Candace Crewe replies, ”That little village where the ferry crosses the Seine, on the road to Rouen.” The contest between the two is: who will seduce whom first, and where.
The Wiz Book by William F Brown Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls Producer Ken Harper’s Blocking Script Final Draft September 1975
Jerome Robbins Photograph Signed Inscribed and Dated 1954
Thomas Rowlandson 26 Hand-colored Plates The Dance of Life a Poem 1817 First Edition
Eva LeGallienne Photograph Signed and Inscribed 1928