Santa Barbara: Neville, 1989. First trade edition. Hardcover. 1/250. Quarto (10 1/4 x 7"). xiii, , 381, pp. Original red-stamped yellow cloth, with red lettering to spine. Book housed in its red cloth slipcase, with illustrated and photo-illustrated pastedowns to covers. Photo-illustrated endpapers. Half-title inscribed and signed by the author. Limitation page at rear numbered and signed by the author as well.
In this 1989 memoir, Hollywood director Budd Boetticher recalls the behind-the-scene high drama in the making of "Bullfighter and the Lady:"
''This I wanted to be real. I wanted to smell the bulls and sweat out the stench of impending destruction and death, the low calls and whistles of the corral workers, the snorting of the bulls and the rusty creaking and slamming of heavy gates.''
But it was not to be. The project nearly bankrupted him. His marriage collapsed after three weeks. Arruza and several members of the film crew were killed in a car crash. Mr. Boetticher suffered a nervous breakdown, was jailed for a week and spent another week in a mental hospital. His Hollywood career collapsed.
One of 250 limited signed copies, of which this is No. 18.
Slipcase, binding and interior in very good condition. vg. Item #44972