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Conrad, Barnaby (Author/Artist) & Spiegel, Clara Gatzert (Recipient). NAME DROPPING: TALES FROM MY BARBARY COAST SALOON. New York City, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 1994. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 212 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

Rare Barnaby Conrad and Clara Gatzert Spiegel collectible item. A signed copy of the author's memoirs, with a one-of-a-kind presentation/portrait on the book itself. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Barnaby Conrad's memoir. "Diplomat, bullfighter, writer, artist, Conrad has led a colorful life. This aptly titled memoir contains anecdotes about well-known friends and acquaintances, including Bing Crosby, Truman Capote, David Niven, Lucille Ball, and Sinclair Lewis. Many of the stories recount evenings at El Matador, the San Francisco carbaret Conrad opened with the proceeds from his best-selling novel, 'Matador' (1952) " (William Gargan). A larger-than-life figure who has written numerous books and remains the only American matador ever, Barnaby Conrad is also a brilliant artist. His portraits of various figures are interspersed throughout the book. A "must-have" title for Barnaby Conrad, Hollywood, and Modern First collectors. This presentation copy is magnificently signed, dated (in the year of publication), and inscribed in blue pen on the half-title page by the author: "Lots of X'Mas love to Clara from Mary and Barny 1994". In addition, Barnaby Conrad drew an exquisite portrait of the recipient, Clara Spiegel, catching a monster-size trout fish. A word about her: Clara Gatzert Spiegel (1904-1997) was the quintessential American cosmopolitan figure, a cross between Brooke Astor and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The wife of the Chicago-based magnate Frederick W. Spiegel, she was a bona fide member of the American elite. She was also an accomplished novelist, short story writer, and patron of the arts. Like her close friend Ernest Hemingway, her passion, aside from writing, was the great outdoors, whether skiing in Sun Valley or trout fishing near her Idaho estate. Her biography recounts how she caught a 23-inch trout while seated in a wheelchair two weeks before her death in 1997 at the age of 93. This is the only such signed copy with original drawing of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare association copy thus. Two of the iconic American figures of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO PETER DUCHIN TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 006258507X. $400.00

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