A Pictorial History of the Silent Screen by Daniel Blum soon to be presented for sale on the superior BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Spring Books, 1966, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: The world of the Bathing Beauty, the Vamp, the Custard Pie, and It made a colourful and significant contribution to modern social history. It was a world contrived by famous di-rectors like Mack Sennett, Griffith, De Mille and Lubitsch, a world animated by great stars such as Mary Pickford, Theda Bara, Clara Bow, Chaplin, Valentine and Gloria Swanson. The films for which they are remembered provide some of the most varied and fascinating material on the manners, fashions and opinions which were prevalent during the first quarter of this century.
The saga of the silent screen from the days of the nickelodeons to the epic period of The Birth of a Nation, The Ten Commandments, and The Big Parade makes fabulous reading. It was an era of tinsel splendour and scandals, of sky-rocketing salaries and tremendous vitality and in its way it was extraordinarily creative. The men and women pictured in this book left their impression in thousands of ways on their generation and on ours. For those who remember the Keystone Cops, Fatty Arbuckle, Marguerite Clark, Clara Kimball Young, and countless others who brought their talents or their glamour to the new entertainment medium, this book will be nostalgic. For those who know of the good old days only by hearsay, it should be required reading.
Here are more than 3,000 photographs, many of them rare or unique, of the great personalities of the silent screen, accompanied by a highly informative and entertaining text. The result is a vivid and comprehensive survey of the pioneering days of the cinema.
Good+ in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Boards a little faded at the extremities. Text complete, clean and tight.
Pale Blue boards with Dark Blue titling to the Spine. 334 pages. Index. 12¼” x 9¼”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I captivate you with this splendid selection from my Movies catalogue?