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Renard, Maurice (translated and adapted by Florence Crewe-Jones)
The Hands of Orlac
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1929. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc.. Very Good+ in Fair dj. 1929. 2nd printing. Hardcover. [book is lightly worn, with a touch of dust-soiling and faint spotting on the top edge of the text block; the jacket, alas, is badly compromised, due to a large chunk having been torn away from the top left corner of the front panel (taking with it about half of the title)]. "Body horror" novel, about the psychological havoc wrought upon a famous pianist when his hands, mangled in an accident, are surgically replaced by those of a recently-executed murderer. Originally published in France in 1920, the novel was first filmed as a 1924 silent in Austria (directed by Robert Wiene of "Caligari" fame); subsequent movie versions acknowledging the source novel were MAD LOVE (1935), starring Colin Clive and Peter Lorre, and THE HANDS OF ORLAC (1960), with Mel Ferrer and Christopher Lee. It was also unofficially remade (without source attribution) as HANDS OF A STRANGER (1962), and is often acknowledged as an inspiration for the 1946 thriller THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS. Rare in the dust jacket, this example of which (apart from the noted large missing piece) is virtually unworn, and is a great candidate for professional restoration. (Alternatively, one could take the much less expensive approach of acquiring a beautiful facsimile of the original jacket from the well-known purveyor of such things; details upon request.) .
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