New York: The Viking Press, . Hardcover. Small 4to. Tan cloth with gilt and burgundy lettering, glassine dust jacket, slipcase. Fine/very good/near fine. Book tight and pristine, glassine a bit age toned and edgeworn per usual. Item #44324
Sharp and lovely first "Special Edition," with limitation page preceding half-title page noting 500 (unnumbered) copies and boldly signed in blue ink by Miller. This thinly-veiled portrayal of Miller's divorce from wife Marilyn Monroe bears choice, relevant autograph additions: Facing the title page is a 3½" X 5½" black-and white magazine photograph -- a full-length candid shot of she in white dress and he in white suit hand in hand; across her white skirt is a bold but secretarial Monroe signature in blue ballpoint -- secretarial, remember, albeit well done. In addition, the front flyleaf bears three special heavy stock 5" X 3" cards signed by a trio from the original 1964 stage cast -- top to bottom: director ELIA KAZAN (1909-2003, Greek-American director, producer, writer, actor and future husband of the play's star, Barbara Loden who played "Maggie"), who signs boldly in green ink and adds a typed date at upper right of 16 March 1971; male lead JASON ROBARDS who played "Quentin" (1922-2000, American actor of stage, film and television nominated for a Tony Award for this play), who signs large and bold in black marker; and female supporting role SALOME JENS who played "Holga" (born 1935, American stage, film and television actress), who signs boldly in blue ballpoint and adds date at upper right of "July 8, 1969." From the collection of psychiatrist and Menninger Clinic co-founder William C. Menninger (1899-1966), with green printed "Review Copy" slip laid in transmitting this copy to him. Also laid in are original signature transmittal envelopes from Kazan and Jens. A superb author-signed copy extra-illustrated with three appropriate signatures and secretarially-signed added frontispiece.