The Story of Dr. Wassell

Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1943.

Price: $750.00

First edition, preceding the English. Very slight wear, about fine in very near fine dustwrapper with a little rubbing. Signed by both James Hilton and the subject of the book, Dr. Corydon Wassell. Based on Wassell's heroic stance against orders to save the wounded during the Japanese invasion of China. Basis for the Cecil B. DeMille-directed film starring Gary Cooper. Scarce signed by both Dr. Wassell and Hilton.

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The Story of Dr. Wassell. James HILTON.

James Hilton
birth name: James Hilton
born: 9/9/1900
died: 12/20/1954

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English novelist whose popular works include Lost Horizon (1933), Good-bye, Mr. Chips (1934), and Random Harvest (1941), all of which were made into highly successful motion pictures. - Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literaturemore

Collecting tips:

James Hilton is best known for his two novels Lost Horizon (1933), and Goodbye, Mister Chips (1934), presumably their popularity has been enhanced by the beloved movies made from both. Lost Horizon is preferred in the English edition, though fine copies of the American will usually draw a crowd if they are in reasonably nice condition. The true first edition of Goodbye, Mister Chips is actually the scarcer American edition, though the English edition is also desirable. What isn't generally known is that he wrote a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone, Murder at School (1933) under the pseudonym Glen Trevor, that is very uncommon, especially in jacket, and probably will be as expensive as his better known works. We have also occasionally been tempted to buy the English editions of his earlier titles when we have found them in nice jackets, and have not been disappointed in their ability to find homes in a reasonably prompt manner.

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