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LENGYEL, Melchior. Translated by Laurence Irving
Typhoon: A Play in Four Acts
London: Methuen and Co, 1913. First English edition. Translated by Laurence Irving. Foxing to the foredge, near fine in near fine pictorial dustwrapper with a couple of tiny nicks and tears. Inscribed by the translator: "Ralph Leach with the best wishes of Laurence Irving." A play by a Hungarian author that starred Laurence Irving himself, alongside a young Claude Rains, in its 1913 London debut. It was the basis for at least three films, including a 1914 U.S. version directed by Reginald Barker and featuring Sessue Hayakawa, Gladys Brockwell, and Frank Borzage. Many of Lengyel's stories and plays were filmed, most notably *Ninotchka* and *To Be or Not To Be*. Very scarce in jacket, and doubly scarce signed by the translator and star Irving-he drowned in the horrific sinking of the *RMS Empress* in 1914. Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover; In Dust Jacket]
Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA [Gloucester City, NJ, U.S.A.]
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