The Last Picture Show - Signed & Inscribed to distinguished bibliographer Mel Edelstein - Larry McMurtry 1966 - The Dial Press, New York - First Edition For Mel Edelstein,
This simple tale of rural life, with good wishes
Larry McMurtry


A fine inscribed copy of Larry McMurtry's most powerful and memorable coming-of-age novel. Mel Edelstein, amongst other things was a bibliographer at the Getty Research Institute, taught history, literature and library courses at Johns Hopkins, UCLA, and Brown, a scholar of American poet Wallace Stevens, and a frequent and good customer of McMurtry’s book stores.

In the small Texas town of Thalia Sam the Lion runs the pool-hall, the picture house and the all-night café. Coach Popper whips his boys with towels and once took a shot at one when he disturbed his hunting. Billy wouldn't know better than to sweep his broom all the way to the town limits if no one stopped him. And teenage friends Sonny and Duane have nothing better to do than drift towards the adult world, with its temptations of sex and confusions of love.

'McMurtry is an alchemist who converts the basest materials to gold; the sexual encounters are sad, funny, touching, sometimes horrifying, but always honest, always human.’ -
The New York Times Book Review.
  The Last Picture Show was the basis for Bogdanovich's 1971 film starring Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd, and nominated for ten Oscars.

Jerome Melvin ‘Mel’ Edelstein (1924-96) was born in Baltimore, earned a bachelor's in history from Johns Hopkins and a master's in library science from the University of Michigan. After serving in the Navy in Italy during World War II, he studied Italian history and literature on a Fulbright fellowship at the University of Florence. Edelstein taught history, literature and library courses at Johns Hopkins, UCLA, the Catholic University of America and Brown University. He was a scholar of American poet Wallace Stevens and published several works about him and about book collection. Edelstein was chief librarian at the National Gallery of Art from 1972 to 1986, and then senior bibliographer and resource co-ordinator for the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities in Santa Monica. He returned to the East Coast in 1994 but remained a Getty consultant until his death.

Octavo pp. [6] 280 [2]. In publisher’s straw coloured cloth, spine lettered in metallic red. Dust jacket priced $4.95 to upper corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket   Ref: 101665   Price: HK$ 18,000