THE PRISONER OF ZENDA: Being the History of Three Months in the Life of an English Gentleman

Bristol: J.W. Arrowsmith, 1894. First Edition. Hardcover. First edition, second issue. Two holographic notes signed by the author, including one on his 41 Bedford Square stationery, are tipped in on the front flyleaf. The swashbuckling tale of mistaken identity, court intrigue, star-crossed romance, and a daring rescue, this minor classic has been adapted many times, mainly for film but also stage, musical, operetta, radio, and television. The dashingly villainous Rupert of Hentzau has been interpreted by such matinee idols as Ramon Novarro (1922), Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (1937), and James Mason (1952). 310 p. (lacking the ads at the rear). Octavo. Bound in full polished calf by Bayntum, with blue and green leather spine labels, elaborate gilt stamping, five raised bands, ornamental dentelles, and marbled endpapers. Some minor rubbing along the front joint. Quite striking. Very good. Item #71594

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