Marlon Brando's Own Tahitian Dictionary
Book SignedBrando owned original "Say it in Tahitian: Tahitian - English Dictionary" . Glazed illustrated Soft cover depicting a sailboat with Tahiti in the background. About 5 in x 7 in. 70 pages. Marlon Brando first visited Tahiti in 1960 to scout film locations and later shoot "Mutiny on the Bounty," in which he played mutinous sailor Fletcher. In 1966, Brando purchased and moved to his private island Tetiaroa, off the Pacific Coast. He carried this pocket dictionary to help communicate with the locals before eventually learning Tahitian. The Dictionary has Brando's initial "M.B" on the first page wich is the title page and also comes with a handwritten letter of provenance signed by Brando's long time assistant Alice Marchak. The letter reads, "November 2004 - This is to authenticate that the Tahitian-English dictionary was used by Marlon Brando. Marlon spoke French when he was in Tahiti, but he was interested in learning Tahitian and spent time trying to converse in Tahitian with his employees, aided, of course, by his Tahitian-English Dictionary." Signed "A. M." and Signed again in full at the bottom "Alice Marchak" in a different pen. Also comes with an old newspaper article on Alice Marchak being Brando's assistant. The dictionary is a 3rd edition published by Tahiti Records in Los Angeles CA and has advertisement for some of their Tahitian Record albums on the back cover. In excellent condition.
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