"WE WILL MANAGE OUR WORLD FOR OURSELVES BECAUSE IT IS OUR WORLD, COSA NOSTRA": FIRST EDITION OF THE GODFATHER, INSCRIBED BY PUZO
PUZO, Mario. The Godfather. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1969). Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket. $9000.
First edition of Puzo's Cosa Nostra classic, boldly inscribed," For S— & B— Best Regard, Mario Puzo," in original dust jacket.
Puzo's first two books, while critically praised, had sold only modestly. "With a family to support and deeply in debt to relatives, banks, and bookmakers, he decided to abandon 'art' and write a 'commercial' novel (Godfather Papers, p. 34). During the roughly three years he worked on the book, Puzo met expenses by writing adventure stories, a children's book…, and magazine articles. The resulting novel, The Godfather… rapidly ascended the New York Times bestseller list… remained there for 67 weeks…. [and eventually] outsold every other novel of the 1970s" (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, 266-7.
Book fine; light edge-wear, closed tear to bright unrestored dust jacket.