Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux [c.1920] Earlier, pre-1925 photoplay edition Contains 4 fold-out glossy paintings from 1911 1st edition
Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux [c.1920] Earlier, pre-1925 photoplay edition Contains 4 fold-out glossy paintings from 1911 1st edition
Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux [c.1920] Earlier, pre-1925 photoplay edition Contains 4 fold-out glossy paintings from 1911 1st edition
Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux [c.1920] Earlier, pre-1925 photoplay edition Contains 4 fold-out glossy paintings from 1911 1st edition
Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux [c.1920] Earlier, pre-1925 photoplay edition Contains 4 fold-out glossy paintings from 1911 1st edition
Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux [c.1920] Earlier, pre-1925 photoplay edition Contains 4 fold-out glossy paintings from 1911 1st edition
Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux [c.1920] Earlier, pre-1925 photoplay edition Contains 4 fold-out glossy paintings from 1911 1st edition
Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux [c.1920] Earlier, pre-1925 photoplay edition Contains 4 fold-out glossy paintings from 1911 1st edition

Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux [c.1920] Earlier, pre-1925 photoplay edition Contains 4 fold-out glossy paintings from 1911 1st edition

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This is a "good plus" or better antique hardcover in decorated red cloth wrapped boards, published by Grosset & Dunlap sometime between 1911 and 1925, 357 pages with four full-color 2-panel fold-out reproductions of the artwork from the original 1910 French edition by Andre Castaigne.


The binding and hinges are intact, if slightly weakened. No loose, torn or folded pages. Contains the 4 2-panel color images mentioned plus a color frontispiece, all on glossy paper. The glossy pages are in excellent condition. The gold colored decorations on the front board and spine are mostly gone, the black titling on the the board fairly well rubbed, with spine titling being stronger. Text block closes tight and square, fairly well tanned. Internally the pages are relatively bright.

I could not find any exact matches to this edition, as it seems the other Grosset and Dunlap editions for offer are "photoplays" which were adorned with same board decorations and color, internally they had just two of the Castaigne plates and 2 or more black and white single page film stills from the 1925 Lon Chaney film, which this edition does not have. Grosset and Dunlap editions, aside from Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys and a few other children's "series" type books, and perhaps the photoplays, are notoriously difficult to identify because of little or no documentation and the publisher didn't provide any identifying marks between printings.

In any case, this would appear to be a relatively scarce, early edition of an early 20th century horror masterpiece.

Gorgeous artwork!

See accompanying images for further condition details.

Will ship promptly, carefully packaged, fully insured.