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Frank Capra’s copy of Parnassus on Wheels


Frank Capra’s copy of Parnassus on Wheels sold for $4,000 last week via AbeBooks. It was a 1917 first edition in a dust jacket.

The front endpaper has a signed autograph inscription by the author, Christopher Morley, to Capra, who directed movies such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).

“This is Frank Capra’s copy of this little book and I am grieved when I think how much he paid for it! It cost him 160 times as much as if he had bought it in September 1917 – also, the Author is not worth 160 times what he was then! There is a mistake somewhere! With embarrassment and every good wish – Christopher Morley Jan 28-1935.”

Parnassus on Wheels was Morley’s first novel. It remains one of the most famous novels about books and bookselling. Morley also wrote The Haunted Bookshop in 1919.

Parnassus on Wheels concerns a traveling bookseller
Christopher Morley’s inscription to Frank Capra
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