PATTERNS: FOUR TELEVISION PLAYS. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1957. Octavo, cloth-backed boards. First edition. Signed inscription by Serling dated in the year of publication on the front free endpaper: "For -- / Who interviews the way I / wish I could write -- / Regards / Rod Serling." The author's first book. Collects four teleplay scripts, "Patterns," "The Rack," "Old MacDonald Had a Curve" and "Requiem for a Heavyweight," plus Serling's commentary on each and production stills. "Requiem for a Heavyweight" won five Emmy Awards and was the basis for the 1962 feature film with Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Julie Harris and Mickey Rooney. "Patterns" won an Emmy Award, Serling's first, for the Kraft Television Theater production, and was the basis for the feature film-noir with Van Heflin and Ed Begley. Some mild fading to spine panel, a just about near fine copy in very good dust jacket with mild rubbing to edges and along folds and age-darkening to spine panel. (#126914).