High Sierra by W.R. Burnett

High Sierra

by W. R. Burnett

Actually got some work done this summer.

Came across a treasure trove of collectable books at an estate sale in June. Lots of naughty gossip books. Dishy star bios. A few first editions. . . .and this beauty. Don’t know if this was ever read. Barely any shelf wear. High Sierra was the second novel of W.R. Burnett’s to be made three times*.  Besides the idolized Huston/Bogart version,  High Sierra was made  into a western in 1949, Colorado Territory . Jack Palance and Shelley Winters starred in the darker and grittier I Died a Thousand Times in 1955. The third version also ups the  sleaze factor with gang boy  performances by Lee Marvin,  Earl Holliman and Dennis Hopper. More on this film, like later, since it is in my poster stash. 

The Original, first edition of this novel in Primo condition (published by Alfred. A. Knopt in 1940) sells for several hundred bucks. This version looks very similar, but it is published by Sun Dial Press in 1943. And it is so much cheaper.


Fine in Very Fine jacket. First edition thus.  Book is fine, no markings or bookplates. The dust jakcet if very good plus to near fine. Exceptional in this condition..

*Iron Man was filmed three times.

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