London: The Readers Library Publishing Company (Duckworth). Photoplay Edition. Cloth. Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #012261
12mo., 251(2)pp. Beautiful "Copyright" Edition. Not dated but c. 1927. Bound in maroon cloth with titles in gilt and decorative borders also in gilt on front board and spine. The Readers Library was an imprint of Gerald Duckworth and Company, reprinting classics from between 1910 and 1927, re-launching as the New Readers Library in 1927 and publishing through 1946. Though notoriously flimsily made, this copy is square, tight and clean throughout with virtually none of the page toning typically found. A hint of wear to heel and the gilt is largely faded on the spine. Paper just starting to split in the gutter of the front paste-down but no cracking to hinge. Gorgeous wrap-around dustjacket has some toning to spine but is fresh and bright with no chipping, creases or tears. Remarkably well-preserved and quite scarce in any condition. A sharp collectable copy and quite uncommon, particularly in such nice condition.