"FOR JUSTICE WE MUST GO ON OUR KNEES TO DON CORLEONE": FIRST EDITION OF MARIO PUZO'S THE GODFATHER
PUZO, Mario. The Godfather. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1969). Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket. $2800.
First edition of Puzo's Cosa Nostra classic.
In order to better support his family, Puzo-who had written two critically praised but modestly performing books-decided to create a purely commercial novel. Even so, The Godfather not only "outsold every other novel of the 1970s" but also "found favor with most critics" (ANB). Puzo co-wrote the screenplay for the 1972 film, which won three Oscars including Best Screenplay Adaptation for Puzo and director Francis Ford Coppola. Books of the Century, 266-67.
Book with interior fine, slight foxing to edges of text block, and light soiling to cloth. Dust jacket with light wear mainly to extremities, mild toning, and a few tape repairs to verso. An extremely good copy.