Fri, 12 Jan 1996 08:16:06 -0500
To all the collectors of Twainiana out there I want to describe a delightful
item I picked up yesterday at my favourite used bookstore (all I have to do
is give them a 'watch list' and I get first crack at anything that comes
into their hands on my list).
Anyway, to the item itself:
It's a booklet printed in 1937 for the Warner Bros. release of The Prince
and the Pauper. The booklet itself is 9.25"x10", 32 pages. The front
cover is a wonderfully hand-tinted still of the Prince and the Pauper in the
Prince's chambers. On the back is another beautiful hand-tinted still of
the Prince (or is it the Pauper in Prince's clothing?) yawning in his bead
with the great seal hovering on the curtain behind him.
The title page contains 6 small sketches on either side of the page. These
look very much like the sketches a movie art director might render to give
to the set construction crews, but I have no way of confirming that. The
title page text reads:
The Prince and the Pauper
by Mark Twain,
as presented in the
WARNERS BROS. PICTURE
Claude Rains Hernry Stephenson
THE MAUCH TWINS
BILLY and BOBBY
Directed by WILLIAM KEIGHTLEY
A FIRST NATIONAL PICTURE
WHITMAN PUBLISHING CO.
Copyright 1937 by WHITMAN PUBLISHING CO. PRINTED IN U.S.A.
The copyright for the text is listed as 1881, 1899, 1909, by Samuel L. Clemens.
The text itself is a severly truncated version of the story we all know and
love with black and white still from the movie on every page.
It's a wonderful l'il item and the price was quite reasonable. I was lucky
that the store saved it for me. They have two collectors of Errol Flynn
memorabilia who would have also snapped this up in a New York Minute. It's
good to cultivate sources in bookstores.
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