Brian Levine

P.O. Box 3048, Crested Butte, CO 81224-3048 USA

Specialists in Western American, literature, and quantum physics; with a particular focus on Colorado history and the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald

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First Editions books of one of Hollywood's archetypal screenplay writers from the 1930s and 1940s.  Hecht was the also a major writer of such famous movies as Underworld, The Front Page, Scarface, Twentieth Century, Crime Without Passion, Viva Villa!, The Scoundrel, Soak the  Rich, Some Like It Hot, Gunga Din, Wuthering Heights, Gone With the Wind, His Girl Friday, Angels Over Broadway, Comrade X, Spellbound, Spectre of the Rose, The Paradine Case, Miracle of the Bells, Portrait of Jennie, Rope, Whirpool, The Thing, Actors and Sin, The Greatest Show on Earth, Monkey Business, The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell, Miracle in the Rain, A Farewell to Arms, Mutiny on the Bounty, Circus World, Casino Royale, and many, many others.


The following books are representative of a vast collection of signed and inscribed, dust-jacketed first editions.



First edition in first printing dust jacket.  Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons: New York and London. 1921.  Printed by The Knickerbocker Press.  Very good in near fine dust jacket, signed by Ben Hecht.  This is Ben Hecht's first published novel.



Boni & Liveright, Publishers: New York, 1922.  First edition in first printing dust jacket.  Fine in very good plus dust jacket.  Book is inscribed by Ben Hecht.



1922, Covici - McGee, Publishers: Chicago.  First edition in first edition dust jacket.  Signed by Ben Hecht.  Near fine in very good plus original dust jacket.  Illustrated by Herman Rosse; with a preface by Henry Justin Smith, Hecht's newspaper editor.  Stories of life in Chicago, many of which became the basis of Hecht's screenplays.



1922, Covici - McGee: Chicago, Limited edition, 2000 copies, Fine in near fine dust jacket, signed by Ben Hecht.  Illustrated by Wallace Smith, who was influenced by Aubrey Beardsley.  A book of tirades with an erotic bent, intentionally written to inflame censors.  The United States Postal Service filed legal suit against Ben Hecht, Wallace Smith, and the publishers to prevent this book be sent through the mails.  Clarence Darrow was hired by Hecht to fight the court battles.  The book did what Hecht intended: gain him a great degree of publicity.



1924, First edition in first printing dust jacket, Inscribed by Ben Hecht on the front end paper.

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Boni and Liveright, Publishers: New York.  Fine in near fine dust jacket.



1926, Boni & Liveright: New York, First edition in first edition dust jacket.  Signed by Ben Hecht.  Book was written by Hecht as a parody of the life of Greenwich poet, Maxwell Bodenheim.



1926, First Edition in scarce dust jacket; special binding, Pascal Covici, Publisher: Chicago, Illinois.  "Containing More '1001 Afternoons'".  344 pages, fine condition in near fine dust jacket.



1928, Covici - Friede, Publishers: New York, First edition in dust jacket.  One of Ben Hecht's most famous compositions: a play about his journalism days in Chicago.  THE FRONT PAGE was a Broadway success, and then inspired several movie versions, including MY GIRL FRIDAY.

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The following books are part of extensive Ben Hecht collection, most of which are signed and/or inscribed by Ben Hecht; and, all of which are clothed in original dust jackets.  If interested in books by one of early Hollywood's most influential screenplay writers, please inquire.  Contact Us


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We are always interested in purchasing large or small collections, from countless to single items.  We purchase Western Americana -- books, documents, maps, photographs, ledgers, journals, annual reports, manuscript material, memorabilia, etc.  We also purchase first edition literature, especially books or manuscripts that are signed/inscribed and dust-jacketed, such F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, Ben Hecht, Eugene O'Neill, James Joyce, etc.  And, we are interested in science books, such as those by Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Paul Dirac, Linus Pauling, Steven Weinberg, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schroedinger, Niels Bohr, Ernest Rutherford. Max Planck, Ernrico Fermi, Robert Oppenheimer, etc.

"... But never again as during that all too short period when he and I were one person, when the fulfilled future and the wistful past were mingled in a single gorgeous moment -- when life was literally a dream...."  F. Scott Fitzgerald, from 'Early Success,' The Crack Up, October 1937

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Boltzmann equation

\left( c \boldsymbol{\alpha}\cdot \mathbf{\hat{p}}+\beta mc^2 \right ) \psi = i\hbar\frac{\partial \psi}{\partial t}\,\!

Dirac equation

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