This book is particularly rare given the photographic stills found therein provide a glimpse of a long lost film from the twilight years of the silent film era; it was made in 1927, starred and directed by Lon Chaney (1883-1930), stage and film actor, make-up artist, director and screenwriter, he was known as the ‘Man of a Thousand Faces’ due to his versatility in his acting and make-up skills in transforming himself into extreme characters from vampires to villains; he was one of the great pioneers of the silent era.
Chaney did make one ‘talkie’ prior to his untimely death, which also revealed the same versatility in his voice.
First UK MGM edition, small 8vo., six full-page photographic stills from the film, toned, faint spotting to fore-edge (edge of text block, publisher’s red cloth boards gilt, pictorial dust-jacket, illustrated on both panels, a couple of short closed tears, a little rubbed at extremities, otherwise very good.
Provenance: D.E. Jones/Police Stn/Hexham/1928 (ink inscription to front free endpaper).
Stock ID: 96694