INSCRIBED BY SAMMY DAVIS, JR.
DAVIS, Sammy, Jr. Hollywood in a Suitcase. New York: William Morrow, 1980. Octavo, original half white cloth, original dust jacket.
First edition of this Rat Pack autobiography, illustrated with 48 pages of photographs, boldly inscribed on the title page: “ALL my BEST, Sammy Davis, Jr.”
"Davis may have done more than any other African American of his time to liberate black entertainers from the demeaning stereotypes based on the Stepin Fetchit character of an earlier era. As Quincy Jones wrote, 'Sammy Davis, Jr. did it all the way no one had done it before" (ANB). This book chronicles his collaborations and friendships with such Hollywood legends as Humphrey Bogart, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, "the Rat Pack," Liza Minnelli and John Wayne. Blockson 7440.
Book very nearly fine, dust jacket with a couple stray pen marks, slightest soiling, and light rubbing to extremities. A near-fine inscribed copy.