London, MacGibbon and Kee, 1966
The recipient was a very successful screen and stage actor for over sixty years. He played the lead in Naughton's play Spring and Port Wine, which premiered at the Mermaid Theatre in early November 1965 and ran there till the turn of the New Year. The show immediately transferred to the West End, opening at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue on 3rd January 1966, Naughton marking the occasion by presenting this copy of the novelised version of his already famous screenplay Alfie, which was to be immortalised in the film starring Michael Caine later that same year.
First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author; 8vo; minor spotting to prelims and endpapers, else unmarked internally; publisher's brown cloth, gilt lettering to spine, light spotting to fore-edge, with the unclipped pictorial dustjacket, some creasing to edges, slight chipping to corners and spine ends, some rubbing, mild foxing, else very good.
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