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[Original Dust Jacket Art]: Spider Boy
[New York: Alfred A. Knopf 1928]. Original tempura painted art for the dust jacket of Carl Van Vechten's novel Spider Boy. 6.5" x 7.5". Unsigned (as is the finished dust jacket). Matted and framed. Fine. Hollywood star waves to the adoring multitudes as her entourage looks on, and a flash camera goes off in the left foreground. The painted lettering was changed to an entirely different font for the finished jacket, and the rest of the image shows minor variations, mostly in color. A very nearly final draft, and the only extant painting of the jacket of which we are aware. An iconic and wonderfully evocative image of the Jazz Age. The satiric novel featured a mildly successful playwright, Ambrose Deacon, who is lured to Hollywood where he is pressed into service as a screenwriter for an egotistical superstar. Ambrose has no clue about film but rapidly discovers that no one in Hollywood cares, as long as he lends his modest prestige to the film colony's pretensions. With a second printing of the novel, very good in very good dustwrapper.
      [Bookseller: Between The Covers]
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