New York: Farrar & Rinehart. Very Good+ in Good dj. (c.1933). 4th printing. Hardcover. [spine slightly turned, minor soiling to covers and edges of text block, bottom front corner lightly bumped, a touch of fraying at bottom extremities, small circular "W" stamped on ffep (a private ownership mark), a couple of code numbers stamped in blue ink on rear fep; jacket moderately edgeworn, with an unfortunately large chip at top of spine, extending from the front hinge across the spine to about 1-1/4" into the rear panel (and taking a good part of the spine title with it), also another thumnail-size chip at top of rear panel]. Horror tale of "one who was a man by day but a ravenous beast by night, a creature from the hideous depths of demonology," set in 19th-century France. Undoubtedly the best-known novel by Endore, a sometime-screenwriter who was blacklisted in the 1950s, it occupies something of the same position in werewolf literature as does Stoker's "Dracula" in the vampire genre -- and in fact it explicitly makes a bid to trump the earlier book in its jacket blurb: "Dracula was a vampire -- but Bertrand was a werewolf!" The book served as the basis of the 1961 Hammer film CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (with Oliver Reed in his hairiest role), which was in turn remade (without attribution to the novel) as LEGEND OF THE WEREWOLF in 1975. According to a slug at the top of the front jacket flap, the book was already into its "Fourth Large Printing in Ten Days" -- but fourth printing notwithstanding, examples of the Farrar & Rinehart dust jacket are very very (very) scarce. [This item is featured in ReadInk's E-Catalog 3.1, which can be perused in full at our website. (Not everything in that catalog is listed on whatever site you're seeing this.)] . (Inventory #: 21670)
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