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  • Item Category: Books, Paper & Magazines
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: May 10, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House





Grosset and Dunlap 1897 reprint. These are considered dated 1931 in conjunction with the Universal Picture's Photo Play starring Bela Lugosi. The book still has its scarce dust jacket and has been signed by 2 of the actors from the 1931 photoplay. The book also contains many illustrations from scenes of the photoplay.

The book is in great condition, with vibrant red boards. This is most unusual as this book does not hold up well and is often found with discolored boards, with badly fraying, ripped and dried spines. The book has no edgewear, but very slight to the tip of two corners. The internal pages and end papers are clean, and flat with no marks, no foxing, no bent pages, and no stains. Small delicate bookstore stamp to front free end paper. Otherwise a clean example of this scarce collectible book. Unfaded black top stain applied by publisher. Please see images for more details.

This book has been signed by two of the actors from the photoplay. The first is a signature of David Manners, dated 1933-- who portrayed Jonathan Harker, (Manners signature is found on a pasted bookplate located on the front end paper). The second signature is Carla Laemmle's which is placed directly on the half title page of the book itself and includes a neat inscription and quote.

Manner's short mini-biography:

Distantly related to Princess Diana on his mother's side, Nova Scotia-born actor David Manners, nee Rauff de Ryther Daun Acklom, came from well-to-do stock. His father ran the prestigious Tower Road boys' school Harrow House and later became a literary advisor for E.P. Dutton Publishing Co. in New York. Manners graduated from Trinity School where he first performed on stage as Fernando in "The Tempest." Joining Eva La Gallienne's Civil Repertory Co., he forged enduring friendships with the legendary teacher and later with Helen Hayes when both appeared in front of the footlights in the play "Dancing Mothers." He was discovered for films by director James ("Frankenstein") Whale who cast the actor in his highly successful movie Journey's End (1930). From there Manners played opposite Hollywood's female elite, servicing such stars as Katharine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck and Claudette Colbert in well-mounted soapers and tea-service comedies. But he became best known for his participation in horrors where his vital heroes were pitted against the likes of Bela Lugosi's Dracula (Manners portrayed Jonathan Harker), and Boris Karloff's Mummy. A lack of interest had Manners eventually abandoning films in 1936 and returning sporadically to the theater. Most of his later years were spent painting and writing novels. He died in 1998.

Carla Laemelle's mini biography:

She spoke the first line in the Dracula photoplay, and is the last survivng case member of this photoplay. Laemmle entered films in 1925 playing an uncredited role as a ballet dancer in the original silent film version of The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and a very small role in the early talkie version of Dracula (1931), and (as of November 2010) is the last surviving cast member of both classic films. Laemmle continued to appear in small roles until the late 1930s and disappeared from the movie screen. She briefly came out of retirement to play a vampire in The Vampire Hunters Club (2001).

The book comes with its scarce original dust jacket having been professionally restored by an expert paper conservator and shows as a near fine example. The jacket has strong vibrant colors with No edgewear, No chips, No rips, No fading, No rubbing, No staining and No foxing. Richly toned beautiful jacket. Please see detailed images.

Fun, special and unique example of one of the most sought after photoplay books. Perfect gift for a photoplay or horror collector! This book with an original dust jacket typically sells for over $2,000 on Abe's (and that is for an unsigned...