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Serenade

by Cain, James M

First Edition

Price: $90.00
from: Rose's Books, IOBA


  • Seller Inventory #: 001395
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Very Good
  • Jacket condition: No Jacket
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1937

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1937. Decorated black cloth with art deco-style title on front cover and unusual Mexican Indian-style decoration on spine, with Knopf's name in cursive (see picture). This was Cain's third book, after Our Government (Knopf:1930) and The Postman Always Rings Twice (Knopf:1934). Set in Los Angeles, this suspense novel featured a Mexican-Indian prostitute, an opera singer and a musicologist. Cain later adapted the novel for the movie, Serenade (1956), which was loosely based on his original work, and starred Mario Lanza, as the humble vineyard worker who becomes a famous opera star. Also starring were Joan Fontaine, Sarita Montiel, Vincent Price, Joseph Calleia, and Harry Bellaver. Wear at top of spine, light wear to bottom, endpapers foxed, boards a bit skewed. Very good in cloth. . First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.