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Queen's Awards 1947 edited by Ellery Queen. Signed by Manfred Lee as Ellery Queen

Queen's Awards 1947 edited by Ellery Queen. Appears to be signed by Manfred Lee as Ellery Queen to Jimmy Starr (Handwriting appears to match that of other autographs I have seen of Lee signing as Queen). Hardcover with no dust jacket. "FIRST EDITION/ Published November 1947" stated with no listings of other printings. Starr's bookplate inside the front cover. Queen inscription opposite the book plate on the first blank page. Moderate cover edge wear. A small light rubber stamp "20" on the top and bottom of the page block. No other previous owner markings. The first few pages have a light crease down the middle. No tears, folds or creases to pages. Binding is tight with no looseness to pages. Not ex-library, not remaindered and not a facsimile reprint. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. HH21b

"Starr worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood during the 1930s. From the 1940s he worked as a film writer and columnist, providing reviews and insights into the film world, and made occasional appearances in cameo roles in film. His novel The Corpse Came C.O.D. was made into a 1947 film.

After retirement from the Hollywood scene, Starr moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he worked for many years as Director of Advertising and Public Relations for Ramada Inn, which was then headquartered in Phoenix." - Wikipedia

Starr was also a close personal friend of Rudolph Valentino and memorialized the friendship in his bookplates. I don't remember where I read that.

"Ellery Queen is a pseudonym created in 1929 by American crime fiction writers Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee and the name of their main fictional character, a mystery writer in New York City who helps his police inspector father solve baffling murders.[1] Dannay and Lee wrote most of the more than thirty novels and several short story collections in which Ellery Queen appeared as a character, and their books were among the most popular of American mysteries published between 1929 and 1971." - Wikipedia