Ben Hur [c.1908] "A Tale of the Christ" Vintage hardcover in scarce [c. 1925] film-tie original dust wrapper
Published circa 1908 by Harper & Brothers.
8vo, blue cloth wrapped boards, front embellished, decorated endpapers, glossy frontispeice, no other illustrations, 560 pages.
This is a "very good" vintage hardcover with a solid spine and tight board hinges. There are no loose or folded pages. There are two pages that have small losses at the top edge near the spine, the larger of the two is shown in accompanying images, otherwise no tears. No writing, there is a small bookstore label inside affixed to the front paste down (see images). The text block is square and closes tightly. The top edge is dusted, the outer edge is fairly uniform, but some light rubbing/scuffs are present. The board corners are not bumped, some wear to cloth at the tips. The back board has two thin wrinkles in the overlaying fabric that happened at the time the book was made. The title and design on the front cover and spine are bright. Spine head and tail are bumped. Some light sunning at the spine tail.
The accompanying dust jacket is somewhat scarce, and interestingly has Grosset and Dunlap as the publisher while the book is clearly a Harper edition, not the latter Grosset and Dunlaps that would have come in this wrapper. It's possible that Harper had some remaining stock and allowed G&D to wrap them in their cover and sell, I don't know.
In any case, the cover has a wrap-around dynamic illustration showing a chariot crashing during the famous chariot race. Research indicates this was a tie-in with the 1925 release of the film. Large square loss at the base of the spine, along with a smaller one at the top. Cracking and some losses along the spine folds. General edge wear. Does not appear to have any fading or tanning.
A really cool jacket and book combo!
Will make for a wonderful addition to someone's collection - perhaps that is you!
The book has the dedication "To the wife of my youth, who still abides with me" which was added in 1883 or 1884 because readers thought Wallace had lost his wife when it said merely "To the wife of my youth".
Will ship promptly and carefully packaged and insured.