Little Old New York [Photoplay Edition, *SIGNED* by Marion Davies]

By: Young, Rida Johnson

Price: $250.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj

[completely (and nicely) rebound, no wear at all to new covers, age-toning to edges of text block; jacket a little edgeworn, with some minor paper loss at spine ends and corners of rear panel]. (12 B&W film stills) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the star of the film on the second front endpaper: "To Guinn Martin - / With kindest remembrances - / from - / Marion Davies / May 17 - 1923." A novelization of the 1923 silent film -- a Cosmopolitan production, as were nearly all of Miss Davies's films, Cosmopolitan being the film company founded and controlled by her longtime lover and patron William Randolph Hearst. Unlike most "photoplay editions," this was not a reprint of a previously-published work, but is the actual first edition of the story in prose form; it is, however, an adaptation of Rida Johnson Young's stage play of the same name, which ran for nearly a year in New York during the 1920/21 season, and which was the basis for the film. Per the title page, it's "profusely illustrated," with twelve stills from the film rather than the eight or four that are more typical for photoplay editions of the era. NOTE that the book itself has been nicely rebound, and is therefore considerably sturdier than the average, notoriously cheaply produced photoplay edition of the era. It's unusual to find photoplay editions that have been signed by their stars contemporaneously with the original appearance of the related film. [The book's inscribee, Guinn Martin -- not to be confused with the noted 1960s/1970s TV producer Quinn Martin, in case you think I can't tell a Q from a G (and Miss Davies had lovely handwriting, by the way) -- was a newspaperman of the era, a sometime drama/film critic for the New York World and possibly other papers. The "remembrances" inscription sort of makes me wonder if he might have been someone that Miss Davies knew from her chorus-girl days, before Willie Hearst came along and made her his own.] Signed by Actress

Title: Little Old New York [Photoplay Edition, *SIGNED* by Marion Davies]

Author: Young, Rida Johnson

Categories: *NEW ARRIVALS,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Grosset & Dunlap: (c.1923)

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Good dj

Seller ID: 23516

Keywords: Marion Davies Silent Films Signed Photoplay Edition