Celebrities: In Memory of Margaret Dumont, Dowager of the Marx Brothers Movies (1890-1965). Robert Peters.
Celebrities: In Memory of Margaret Dumont, Dowager of the Marx Brothers Movies (1890-1965)
Celebrities: In Memory of Margaret Dumont, Dowager of the Marx Brothers Movies (1890-1965)

Celebrities: In Memory of Margaret Dumont, Dowager of the Marx Brothers Movies (1890-1965)

Berkeley, CA: Sombre Reptiles, 1981. Limited First Edition. Sewn Wrappers. Inscribed & signed by Robert Peters to James Perrizo. A collection of four poems by Robert Peters (1924-2014), the great American poet, playwright, critic & scholar. Here he is at his humorously surreal, viscerally descriptive best in these poems about Gertrude Stein, Robert Mitchum, the Academy Awards ceremony & Marlene Dietrich- from the sui generis Peters perspective. Margaret Dumont, Groucho's favorite foil, is the dedicatee of the collection with her image on label affixed to front cover, though she is not among the poems' celebrity subjects or illustrations within. Hand-sewn chapbook with several fold-out sections, a beautiful production designed & illustrated by Mary Ann Hayden. As noted in colophon, this is one of 140 (unnumbered) copies printed during January 1981. On title page, Peters has hand-inscribed & signed: "For Jim-/ Marlene & Margaret/ love you, &/ so do I!/ (signed) Robert/ doodle-flourish." "Jim" is James Perrizo (1944-2006), a major Beat-&-Beyond collector & scholar who was a friend of & correspondent with Peters. A very rare & delightful Peters collectible, especially with this association & provenance. In very fine condition with only lightest rubbing & a few short, faint creases to covers; very light wear & minor bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; label with title, author & Dumont photo affixed to front cover with some light horizontal waves, likely as issued. Interior very fine with only small areas of water (?) staining at blank edges & corners of second, final fold-out section, not effecting texts or illustrations. Very Fine. [Item #3289]

Price: $40.00

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