New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1930. First edition. Covarrubias, Miguel. Color frontispiece, six full-page half-tone lithographs,12 full-page line drawings, and other decorations by Covarrubias. Red cloth, very good, light wear. Inscribed by Huston to "For Ira and Leonore [Gershwin] John." Before beginning his long and distinguished career as a film director and screenwriter, Huston befriended Ruth Squires, who made marionettes and worked in a marionette theatre. He wrote this play for her, based on the famous ballad and his friend Sam Jaffe composed music for it. It was first performed at George Gershwin's apartment in December 1929. Gershwin, according to Huston, had the idea of making it into an opera, but he died before they made any progress. "The production was written up in the New York Times, where Charles Boni read about it and was inspired to pair Huston with Covarrubias to collaborate on a book. The result, published in 1930, is a richly illustrated collection of various versions of the well-known song, including Huston's and thirteen others....'" Adrianna Williams, Covarrubias, 1994. (Inventory #: 29512)
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