by SMITH, Wallace (novel); COVARRUBIAS, Miguel (jacket art)
New York: Covici Friede Publishers, 1933. First Edition. Attractive copy of Smith's novel, centered around an odd cast of characters on a cruise ship traveling from San Francisco to New York through the Panama Canal. Basis for the 1934 comedy film of the same name, directed by Lewis Milestone for Columbia Pictures. The film, which drew comparisons to Grand Hotel (1932), is notable as the last feature film of silent film icon John Gilbert, and the first Columbia feature to include The Three Stooges (Curly Howard, Moe Howard, and Larry Fine), cast as the ship's orchestra, alongside Walter Connolly, Leon Errol, and Victor McLaglen. This copy in a particularly attractive example of the dustjacket, featuring wraparound artwork by Miguel Covarrubias. First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm); dark orange cloth, with titling and decorative elements stamped in dark red on spine and covers; red topstain; dustjacket; 306, pp. Spine ends gently nudged, upper board edges a trifle dust-soiled, else a tight, Near Fine copy, with the topstain notably bright and unfaded. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.00), lightly worn at spine ends and edges, with a few short tears and faint moisture stain to verso of spine panel; Very Good+. (Inventory #: 30358)
The history, literature, and art of American social movements, including Civil Rights, Feminism, Labor History, Radical Politics, and Counterculture.
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