New York: Minton Balch & Company, 1925.

Price: $1,200.00

Hardcover. First edition. A contemporary owner name, very faint, slight dampstain on the edge of the front board, just about fine in a good only internally tape repaired dustwrapper with a number of chips, including lacking the bottom 2" of the spine. A rare collection of short stories, most notable for the first book appearance of one of the most famous and anthologized short stories, "The Most Dangerous Game," the tale of a big game hunter who uses people as prey on his private island. The story has been filmed at least eight times (not counting numerous additional radio and television adaptations), first and most memorably in 1932 by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, featuring Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, and Robert Armstrong. Cooper and Schoedsack were simultaneously filming their masterpiece, *King Kong* (which took much longer to produce because of its special effects) and used the same elaborate jungle sets and much of the same cast (who would quickly change costumes mid-day and return to the set). RKO remade the film in 1945 as *A Game of Death*, directed by Robert Wise. Another story in this book, "Isles of Romance" was made into the 1927 Mervyn Leroy-directed film *No Place to Go* with Mary Astor and Lloyd Hughes. The jacket of this book is of very thin and brittle paper stock, and is virtually never found. Rare.

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Item #456235 Variety. Richard CONNELL.