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James M. Dourgarian, Bookman
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2341 Hickory Drive
Concord, CA 94520

Established1980 - Member ABAA

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James M.Dourgarian, Bookman, was established in 1980. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA). Like all ABAA members, we answer to a higher authority and follow a higher standard of ethics that guarantees a successful transaction for all our customers.

We buy and sell old books, vintage books, collectible books, rare books, first edition books, and related ephemera. We maintain several specialties. Among them are American fiction first editions from c.1900 to the present. Within that general field, we have heavy emphasis in John Steinbeck and Steinbeckiana. Thus, we buy and sell Steinbeck primary first editions in dust jackets, signed/limited editions, his appearances in anthologies, his periodical appearances, books and periodicals about Steinbeck, film and theatre memorabilia, bibliographies, and miscellaneous items.

We also specialize in these same categories for these authors -- Jack London, Wallace Stegner, and Stephen King. Other specialties include Western Americana, books on California and the West, Photography books, books on Japan, China, and the Orient, and Armed Services Editions. The latter are vintage paperbacks issued to American GIs from 1943 to 1947. They are comprised of mysteries, Westerns, science fiction and fantasy, mainstream fiction, historical novels, science, poetry, adventure stories, and more.

Within our field of modern first editions, we also sell related film memorabilia Thus, we sell film posters, lobby card sets, pressbooks, stills, scripts, etc. for films made from the works of authors we carry such as John Steinbeck, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Raymond Chandler, Zane Grey, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Stephen King, Edward Abbey, Anne Rice, and many others.

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[Steinbeckiana] Steinbeck, John. Viva Zapata!. Hollywood, 20th Century-Fox, February 6, 1951, first edition thus. This is a photostatic copy of the Final Script screenplay for the film that starred Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, and Anthony Quinn, it consists of 148 leaves, not including the title page which carries an original stamp from 20th Century-Fox noting "VALUABLE" with a notation to return to 20th Century-Fox's story department files, although it carries the date of the script, this copy was probably made by 20th Century-Fox in the late 1950s or early 1960s for its own use, Quinn won an Academy Award for best supporting actor, Steinbeck was nominated for best screenplay, while preparing his screenplay Steinbeck wrote to the film's director, Elia Kazan, "It is a little double-action jewel of a script...a classic example of good film writing," he went on to write, "I'll want no word in dialogue that has not some definite reference to the story..." to make the script "as tight and terse as possible," Kazan wrote of this script that while he made some cuts as he shot the film and while producer Darryl F. Zanuck made some suggestions which were followed that "all of John's important words and thoughts are faithfully in the film," thus it is likely that this Feb. 6 script is closer to what Steinbeck had originally planned than the May 16, 1951 shooting script that followed it, this item wasn't in the Adrian H. Goldstone collection, but see Goldstone & Payne E18, see Morrow 551c, now housed within a binder. Aged, but essentially fine. JD 30870


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