New York: Simon and Schuster, . Hardcover. 8vo. Cream cloth spine with red and black lettering and grey paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 375pp. Near fine/near fine. Faint red star inkstamped on front jacket flap and front pastedown. Item #46409
Just a book club edition, though exceptionally tight and bright -- but outstandingly unusual in that this copy bears fine autograph additions from four cast members from the 1956 film version, three in the form of signed matching heavy stock 5" X 3" cards and one in the form of a signed magazine portrait. Inner left flyleaf, top to bottom: Eileen Heckert (1919-2001, who plays Ma Barbella) signs a fine 5" X 3" card large and bold in black fineline, dating it 25 February 1970 at upper right; below this Dean Jones (1931-2015, who plays a soldier) signs a matching card in blue ballpoint, dating it 4 October 1968 at upper right. Facing right-hand inner flyleaf, top to bottom: Robert Loggia (1930-2015, who plays Frankie Peppo) signs boldly in black fineline, dating it March 1970 (this in pencil) at upper right; and below this is a 5" X 4" black-and-white magazine photograph of a young Sal Mineo (1939-76, who plays Romolo) nicely inscribed and signed by him ("to / Donald Burnell / With Regards -- / Sal Mineo") in blue ink near the center. Mineo is shown seated behind an old-fashioned record player, smiling as he sets the needle on a 45rpm record. Mineo was stabbed to death in 1976; his murder at age 37 makes his autograph quite scarce. Laid in are the original Heckart, Jones and Loggia signature transmittal envelopes. An incredibly unique copy.