London: n.p., 1924. Used; Like New/Used; Like New. Irving Thalberg's personal copy of this splendid Limited production, Grigoriev's artwork beautifully presented in the form of 30 color and black and white plates tipped to embossed mat pages, separated by vellum leaves. The title page is inscribed and signed by the publisher, "To Irving Thalberg with kindest regards and best wishes, Morris Gest". Original half vellum over paper-covered boards, the upper side illustrated and titled in gilt, spine lettered in gilt. With minor soiling and handling to cover, light toning on backing paper pages, else fine condition. From the estate of Norma Shearer, whom Thalberg married in 1927. 100 pp. 11 x 14 .5 in. A remarkable association copy, inscribed to the legendary Hollywood production executive Irving Thalberg who took hold of Universal City at age 20, and supervised such films as Ben Hur and Mutiny on the Bounty among many others. He died of pneumonia at age 37.Morris Gest, born 1881 in Vilna, Lithuania as Moses Gershonovitch, died May 16, 1942 at the age of 61. He produced "The Miracle" in 1924 and "Lady Precious Stream" in 1936, introduced an original Russian ballet to America (Baliev's 'Chauve-Souris') and brought Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theatre in repertory to America in 1923.
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