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Phantom of the Opera - LEROUX Gaston - 1911. 
1911 - LEROUX, Gaston. The Phantom of the Opera. New York and Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, (1911). Octavo, original blind-stamped russet cloth. $1800.First edition in English of this classic French gothic novel, with color frontispiece and four double-page color plates by illustrator André Castaigne.First published in Paris in 1910 as Le Fantôme De l'Opéra, Leroux's "much-filmed novel [is] set in and under the Paris Opera House, where a young singer is groomed for stardom by a mysterious person who haunts the theater. When the new managers will not bow to his demands, he takes murderous revenge, but his victory is short-lived. Key moments, including the girl's removal of the phantom's mask and the masquerade scene in which the phantom adopts the costume of Poe's Red Death, make this an archetypal melodrama" (Barron, Fantasy and Horror4-100). The novel remains best known as the basis of the long-running Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which won seven Tonys and three Olivier Awards, and for Lon Chaney's portrayal in a 1925 silent film and a 1929 'talkie.' This uncredited translation by literary critic Alexander Texeira de Mattos is still considered definitive. Without extremely scarce dust jacket. Owner signature.Interior fine, expert repairs to text block. Light rubbing to extremities of bright cloth with only the lightest of soiling. A near-fine copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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