First edition in English of the classic Western tale of three Americans' quest for gold in Mexico, adapted into an Oscar-winning movie starring Humphrey Bogart.
Near fine in restored dust jacket.
THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE
"We have no badges. In fact, we don't need badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges!"
The identity of B. Traven, pen name of the author of THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, has remained shrouded in mystery. He lived in Mexico for several years, although he was probably not born there; the country had a deep impact on his fiction, and he set much of his fiction in the Mexican landscape. (The book was however first published in German in 1927.) He used a representative to work out the details of the film adaptation with Warner Brothers, though there is speculation that the representative may have been Traven the whole time. This concept of identity is reflected in the main characters of THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, three men with no friends or money who discover who they are through engaging in semi-illicit gold mining, with disastrous results. This copy was owned by Arthur Mizener, literary critic and biographer of F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is unusual to see this title in such sharp condition.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1935. 7.75'' x 5''. Original black cloth binding with gilt spine lettering. Original unclipped ($2.50) pictorial dust jacket, illustrated by Wetherill. Brown topstain, fore-edge machine deckle. Bookplate of Andrew A. Mills to front pastedown. Owner name "Arthur Mizener" to front flyleaf, dated September 1936. Jacket expertly restored, with a bit of scuffing. Binding with a touch of bumping to corners and spine ends. Shows nicely.
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