Item #39409 Hollywood Babylon. Kenneth ANGER.
Hollywood Babylon.
Hollywood Babylon.


Hollywood Babylon.

SF: Straight Arrow Books, 1975. Second US edition and first English language edition in hardcover. 4to. Gold finished paper covered boards titled in black lettering; illustrated endpapers. 297pp. + index.

SIGNED and inscribed by Anger on the half-title page: "For Michael Webb Best Wishes Kenneth Anger" (Michael Webb, an LA-based writer on architecture, wrote "Hollywood: Legend and Reality").

The second American edition of Anger's notoriously unreliable account of the sordid lives of Hollywood stars and the scandals that surrounded them. It followed the original French (1959) and American editions (1965), both of them paperbacks and both featuring the Jayne Mansfield cover photograph (the latter edition was banned within 10 days of publication, and the photo was taken at Romanoff's in Beverly Hills in April 1957 during a dinner party held to welcome Sophia Loren to Hollywood).

Small bump at crown of spine, o/w Very Good plus in dw., with 3cm. closed tear to lower edge of upper panel.