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    Orson Welles Personally Owned and Signed Group of Books (Various Publishers, 1919 - 1962). An interesting selection of 12 volumes from the personal library of Orson Welles, nine of which are signed in what appears to be black fountain ink by the iconic writer, director, producer himself. Signed titles include: 1) The Aran Islands Parts III and IV by John M. Synge, Maunsel & Roberts, Ltd., 1921, hardcover, signed on the front free endpaper; 2)Aristotle's Politics translated by William Ellis, E.P. Dutton & Co., 1928, hardcover, signed on the front free endpaper; 3) Magic: A Fantastic Comedy by G.K. Chesterton, Martin Secker, undated edition, hardcover, signed on the front free endpaper; 4) The English Drama by H.F. Rubinstein, Benn's Sixpenny Library, 1928, paperback, signed at top front cover; 5) Oriental Theatricals by Berthold Laufer, Field Museum of Natural History Department of Anthropology, 1923, paperback, signed at top of front cover; 6) Everyman: A Morality Play by unknown, Samuel French, 1925, paperback, marked "prompter's copy" in pencil on cover, signed above; 7) Jew Suess by Ashley Dukes, Martin Secker, 1929, paperback, signed at top of front cover; 8) The Rover by Joseph Conrad, Tauschnitz, 1924, paperback, signed across front cover; 9) Suspense by Joseph Conrad, Tauschnitz, 1925, paperback, signed across front cover.

    The remaining books include: 10) Irish Impressions by G.K. Chesterton, John Lane, 1919, hardcover, signed and inscribed in black fountain ink to Orson Welles from the author; 11) The Plays of Georg Buechner, The Viking Press, 1928, hardcover, inscribed to Welles in pencil in an unknown hand; 12) The Trial by Franz Kafka, Secker and Warburg, 1956 (gold-stamped '1962 ' on the spine below 'Film by Orson Welles '), half-leather hardcover, front papers brimming with inscriptions to Orson from cast and crew members including Anthony Perkins, Maurice Teyenac, Jean-Claude Remoleux, Bill Kearns, and many others. Sizes range from 4.5 ' x 6.5 ' to 5.5 ' x 8 '. Conditions vary from Fair to Good, with all showing considerable wear, though the most wear exhibited by paperbacks - toning, chipped edges, complete cover separation on some, tears, fading, markings, tape residue, staining, clipped pages, etc., though most signatures remain clear. All books fragile. COA from Heritage Auctions.

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