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Doyle, Arthur Conan
New York: A. L. Burt Company, Publishers, [1925].. Octavo, pp. [1-10] [1-3] 4-309 [310: blank], four inserted plates, original red-brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. Photoplay edition. Illustrated with four stills from the landmark 1925 First National silent movie directed by Harry O. Hoyt with special effects by Willis O'Brien (who later animated the creatures for King Kong). The 1925 film was a "lost" film for over 50 years. By contractual agreement, all known prints (positive and negative) were destroyed in 1929. Only a truncated 16 mm print was extant until a nearly full length print was discovered in the film archives of the Czech Republic in the 1990s. Today two restored versions exist, one a third longer than any other version with 30 minutes of footage replaced (nearly complete, and available on DVD), the other a restoration owned by Eastman Kodak (information from an article at the dvd journal website). The film was based on the first Professor Challenger story, in which the scientist and his exploring party locate a remnant of the prehistoric world on a plateau in South America. Challenger's narrative "remains the most famous of its type and has served as a model since its publication." - Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 1-63. "... written as pure entertainment, and as such it is a huge success. It stands at the very end of an era of great adventure stories, and it is the equal of anything else in its genre." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1270-73. Angenot and Khouri, "An International Bibliography of Prehistoric Fiction," SFS, VIII (M … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc. [U.S.A.]
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