Personally signed by Mickey Spillane
Easton Press. Norwalk, CT. 2003. Mickey Spillane "I, The Jury" Signed Limited Edition. Hard Cover. Gray leather with gilt design and lettering. This luxurious leather bound collectible has been personally signed by Mickey Spillane. As New in the original shrink-wrap. All edges gilt; 4 raised bands on spine; moire endpapers; silk placemark. The words "SIGNED EDITION" appear on the hubbed spine
I, The Jury (1947) is Mickey Spillane's first novel featuring private investigator Mike Hammer.
Only 1,200 were issued in this leather bound signed collector's edition.
A wonderful heirloom that would also make a great gift.
About the Author
Frank Morrison Spillane (March 9, 1918 July 17, 2006), better known as Mickey Spillane, was an American author of crime novels, many featuring his signature detective character, Mike Hammer. More than 225 million copies of his books have sold internationally. In 1980, Spillane was responsible for seven of the top 15 all-time bestselling fiction titles in America.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Spillane was the only child of his Irish-American bartender father, John Joseph Spillane, and his Scottish mother, Catherine Anne. Spillane attended Erasmus Hall High School, graduating in 1935. He started writing while in high school, briefly attended Fort Hays State College in Kansas and worked a variety of jobs, including summers as a lifeguard at Breezy Point, Queens, and a period as a trampoline artist for the Barnum and Bailey circus.
"I'm actually a softie. Tough guys get killed too early... I've got a full head of hair and don't wear eyeglasses."
"I'm the most translated writer in the world, behind Lenin, Tolstoy, Gorki and Jules Verne. And they're all dead..."
"I have no fans. You know what I got? Customers. And customers are your friends."
"My work may be garbage but it's good garbage."
"Now what happened with Ernest Hemingway was that he wrote this nasty piece about me... So I was on a show in Chicago, a live TV show. It was a big theatre and there was a stage audience, and the guy who was interviewing me said, "Did you read that piece that Hemingway wrote about you?" And I said, "Hemingway who?" It brought the house down, but he hated my guts after that."
"Inspiration is an empty bank account."
The first film version of I, the Jury was shot in 1953 and was released through United Artists. After a four-picture contract was signed with Spillane, the movie was filmed, in 3-D, featuring Biff Elliot as Mike Hammer, Preston Foster and Peggie Castle. The plot from the novel was toned down for the film version. It grossed $1,299,000.
The story was made into a movie again in 1982 by director Richard T. Heffron with Armand Assante as Mike Hammer. See I, the Jury (1982 film)
The cinematographer for the black-and-white movie was John Alton.
Contains all the classic Easton Press qualities:
* Premium Leather
* Silk Moire Endleaves
* Distinctive Cover Design
* Hubbed Spine, Accented in Real 22KT Gold
* Satin Ribbon Page Marker
* Gilded Page Edges
* Long-lasting, High Quality Acid-neutral Paper
* Smyth-sewn Pages for Strength and Durability
* Beautiful Illustrations
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