A Prime-Time Life
New York: St. Martin's Press (1996), 1996. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo size, 240 pp, inscribed by Aaron Spelling. Near Fine / near fine. Item #16061902
Aaron Spelling (1923-2006) was the most prolific writer and producer in television history; as one of the review blurbs on the back of the dust jacket for this book states, "There hasn't been a decade when Aaron Spelling didn't figure out what the American public really wanted and give it to them before someone else did" (Brandon Tartikoff, Chairman of New World Entertainment); he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 1996 was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame (n. b., much of the above info from Wiki).
This copy is inscribed by Aaron Spelling to "Ian", who may (we will never know for certain) have been Ian Ziering, one of the stars of Beverly Hills, 90210 as follows: "Dear Ian, / Have a great / party! Why wasn't / I invited!! Shall / I blame it on John. / Aaron Spelling".
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in black paper over boards, gilt lettering on the spine, author's inscription on the half-title page as referred to above, copyright page states "First Edition: August 1996" with the full number line beneath, one section of black and white photographs bound into the middle of the book; octavo size (9.5" by 6.5"), pagination: [i-ix] x [xi-xii] 1-228, inscribed by Aaron Spelling on the half-title page. In a red and black paper dust jacket with silver and white lettering and a photograph of Aaron Spelling on the front panel, white lettering on the spine, reviews of the book with photographs of celebrities on the rear panel, a summary of the book on the front flap, and author bio on the rear flap; the dust jacket is unclipped with the original price of $23.95 on the front flap.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with a strong, square text block, solid hinges, perfectly straight corners with minimal rubbing, the interior is clean and bright, and other than the author's inscription it is entirely free of prior owner markings; the top front corner is bumped and there is slight dustiness to the text block edges. The dust jacket is near fine, unclipped, clean with bright colours, with some minor edge wear, else fine.
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