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UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.[Complete number line 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2.] NFINE/NFINE.No owner inscrptn and no price-clip to dw/dj.Bright, crisp,matt monochrome,subject's b/w portrait photograph against black background silhouette of subject's profile to front with glossy black-lettered author's name and glossy orange book title,black spine/backstrip with orange and other pale grey and white lettering to same,rear panel of dw/dj with b/w photograph of Tippi Hedren with a crow perched on her raised forearm; with negligible shelf-wear,bumping, creasing to edges and corners – no nicks,tears or splits present - majority of lght creasing to top edges of dw/dj,head+foot of spine with minimal bumping and reciprocal creasing. Internally to head of d/w spine a small fluid and residual splash with a couple of tiny blemsihes at head of top edges towards the headband area but no other blemishes present,nor any to fore-edges; contents bright,tight,clean, solid and sound - virtually pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corner tips - appears unread,other than my own collation. Publisher’s bright,crisp,clean,sharp-cornered,original,plain black cloth boards with bright,crisp,blocked silver gilt lettered spine/backstrip and immaculate/clean plain orange endpapers.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,vii-viii+1-279pp [paginated] includes illustrations list,11 chapters,8pp of 22 contemporary b/w subject's and others,biographical photographs in 1 block,between pp88/9,a bibliography and an index; plus [unpaginated] half-title+title pages,and a contents list/table. Despite the honest and fair description of minor faults,visually the exterior appearance is still acceptable,and even internally,the book is also in an exceptional condition/state of preservation and presentation. Alfred Hitchcock was a strange child.Fat, lonely,burning with fear and ambition,his childhood was an isolated one,scented with fish from his father' shop.Afraid to leave his bedroom,he would plan great voyages,using railway timetables to plot an exact imaginary route across Europe.So how did this fearful figure become one of the most respected film directors of the 20thC? As an adult,Hitch rigorously controlled his public image,drawing certain carefully selected childhood anecdotes into full focus and blurring all others out.In this quick-witted portrait, Ackroyd reveals something more: a lugubriously jolly man fond of practical jokes,who smashes a once-used tea cup every morning to remind himself of the frailty of life.Iconic film stars make cameo appearances,just as Hitch did in his own films.Grace Kelly,Cary grant and James Stewart despair of his detached directing style and,perhaps most famously of all,Tippi Hedren endures cuts and bruises from a real -life flock of birds. 'Alfred Hitchcock' wrests the director's chair back from the master of control and discovers what lurks in the corner of the shot. Please contact seller,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas customers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! N.B. ALL buyers please note,stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of the book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard US AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always. **

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