Photoplay Edition Set of 8, Feature Film Movie Tie-In Books From Major Studios, Circa Early 20th Century

Photoplay Edition Set of 8, Feature Film Movie Tie-In Books From Major Studios, Circa Early 20th Century

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Photoplay Edition Set of 8, Feature Film Movie Tie-In Books From Major Studios, Circa Early 20th Century

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For your consideration, a set of 8 Photoplay Feature Film, Movie Tie In, Hard Bound Books.

Very Rare set published in the early 20th century. All volumes have dust jackets in plastic preservation sleeves.

Photoplay edition refers to movie tie-in books of the silent film and early sound era at a time when motion pictures were known as “photoplays”. Typically, photoplay editions were reprints of novels additionally illustrated with scenes from a film production. Less typically, photoplay editions were novelizations of films, where the film script was fictionalized in narrative form. Today, vintage photoplay editions are sought after by film buffs, bibliophiles, and collectors.

The first photoplay editions were published around 1912, and as a genre, they reached their height in the 1920s and 1930s. Many  different titles were issued in the United States. Most photoplays were published in hardback by companies like Grosset & Dunlap or A. L. Burt, and some in soft cover by companies like Jacobsen Hodgkinson.

Typically, photoplay editions of the 1920s and 1930s contained stills and/or a dust jacket featuring artwork or actors from a film. Deluxe editions might also contain a special binding, illustrated end papers, or rarely, a written introduction by the star of the film. Sometimes, the spine or cover of the book will note the edition is a “photoplay edition.”

Illustrated movie tie-in books continued to be published though the 1940s, 1950s, and into the 1960s.

This set of 8 contains the following beautifully preserved Photoplay Hardbound Editions from these Hollywood films:

Feet of Clay (1924)
Full Cast & Crew
Directed by
Cecil B. DeMille
Paramount Pictures

The Squaw Man (1931)
Full Cast & Crew
Directed by
Cecil B. DeMille
MGM Pictures

If I Had a Million (1932)
Directed by
James Cruze … (segment “Death Cell”) (uncredited)
H. Bruce Humberstone … (segment “The Forger”) (uncredited)
Ernst Lubitsch … (segment “The Clerk”) (uncredited)
Norman Z. McLeod … (segments “China Shop”, “Road Hogs”) (uncredited)
Lothar Mendes … (uncredited)
Stephen Roberts … (segments “Violet”, “Grandma”) (uncredited)
William A. Seiter … (segment “The Three Marines”) (uncredited)
Norman Taurog … (segments “Prologue”, “Epilogue”) (uncredited)
Paramount Pictures

Outcast Lady (1934)
Directed by
Robert Z. Leonard
MGM Pictures

Heaven on Earth (1931)
Directed by
Russell Mack
Bert Glennon … (uncredited)
Universal Pictures

Sky Bride (1932)
Directed by
Stephen Roberts
Paramount Pictures

Shanghai Lady (1929)
Directed by
John S. Robertson
Universal Pictures

Beggars of Life (1928)
Directed by
William A. Wellman
Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation

 

This set makes an extremely gorgeous display with very colorful, original and iconic dust jackets in place. These are all ORIGINALS and not copies or reproductions.

This is an impossible to find artifact of the early Hollywood Motion Picture Industry.

Most all film studios represented here.

Wonderful display for your library, media room, home, bookshelf, office or studio lobby.

Vintage hollywood equipment artifacts available as bookends for a superb look and at additional cost. (see attached photos of bookend examples)

Individual Shadow Box or Other Style Custom Framing also available at additional cost.

 

Please contact our curator for pricing on this one of a kind set of antique cinema books:  curator@CinemaAntiques.com

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