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        Typed Copy Letter Signed, 4to on 2 separate pages, n.p., Sept. 6, 1948

      This letter is a signed copy of a Typed Letter Cukor wrote to long time friend Elsa Schroeder about his trip to France, meeting with author W. Somerset Maugham regarding a possible film project based on the story of Sapho for Greta Garbo and finances during his trip. Cukor begins asking his correspondent about news of his home, "you know, about the dogs and how everything was looking at the house...." He continues with a report of his expenses and difficulties of using the franc. "So I didn't use the Letter of Credit...I borrowed 200,000 francs (don't faint that's only about $600) from M.G.M. Paris Office promising to repay them in francs...which indeed I did...I also paid for a car and chauffeur which I was in the south of France. Then I engaged a car...to make the three day tour from Cap Ferrat to Paris...I bought myself some socks and sweater and ties, etc...Michael Pearman was with me and has kept an itemized account of my expenditures - tips, cables...." He continues with a discussion of meeting the British author, W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965). "Actually I accomplished some very important work with Maugham. One of the stories we considered for Garbo is 'Sapho' by Daudet - Maugham very kindly read the script and I had two very long meetings with him; he made brilliant and practical suggestions for the treatment of the story...When in Paris at Walter Wanger's request, I had long conferences with Agents. Writers, Actors' agents, etc. and made very important contacts and actually spent a good deal of time on the Garbo-Wanger proposition...I go into all this...because I do think a good deal of the...trip can be deducted as legitimate business expense...." He signs, "George."

      [Bookseller: David Schulson Autographs ]
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        A FLOATING CITY and THE BLOCKADE RUNNERS

      1874. hardcover. Verne, Jules. A FLOATING CITY, and THE BLOCKADE RUNNERS. Translated from the French. London: Sampson Low, Martson, Low, & Searle, 1874. 40 pp ads dated August 1874. Original orange cloth decorated in black and gilt, beveled, all edges gilt. First British Edition, published in September 1874 -- the same month as Scribner Armstrong's American edition. This volume consists of two separate tales. The first is a fictionalized narrative of Verne's 1867 passage from Liverpool to New York aboard "The Great Eastern," the largest iron ship ever built and one of the wonders of its age. Her length was 692 feet, her beam was 120, her paddlewheels and propeller were larger than anything the ocean had ever seen, and she was designed to carry more passengers than the Queen Mary. Because of her size, "The Great Eastern" was the only ship capable of laying the great Atlantic Cable. The second tale is fictional, more in Verne's usual style: a Glasgow shipowner devises an adventurous plan to run the Union blockade of southern ports during the American Civil War, in order to bring a load of cotton back to his city's 25,000 idle looms. This copy is in orange cloth (we have also had a dark red copy and a green one -- no priority). It is in bright, near-fine condition (spine slightly faded as usual with this color cloth, occasional light foxing on the leaves within); the elaborate gilt design on the front cover remains bright, and atypically, the original peach endpapers are not cracked). In our experience, this London edition is considerably scarcer than the New York one. Taves & Michaluk V008; Myers 22. MARITIME (Sumner & Stillman Code:12157)

      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman ]
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