Vintage Gene Fowler Book, Rare 1944 Good Night Sweet Prince, Life & Times of John Barrymore, First Printing First Edition, Dark Red Hardback

$370.00 $462.50

The 1944 Gene Fowler hardback book "Good Night, Sweet Prince The Life and Times of John Barrymore" is in good condition. This is a very rare first printing and first edition hardback collectible. This book was published during World War II. Also, there is a Georgianna Drew Barrymore mentioned in the index. The artwork located inside the covers is signed by John Barrymore.

Please note that the pictures were enhanced for clarity and sharpness.

The hardback cover of this book is extraordinarily unique. While the covers feel like leather, it is possible they are faux leather material. But the inside of the shield has an impression of a serpent in the center which appears to be a tooled or pressed accent mark.

The title page notes that "This edition is produced in full compliance with all war production board conservation orders".

Concerning the color of the book:

The color of the book in the pictures appears to be red. The pictures were taken on the outside in daylight. However, the book is more of a darker red to burgundy color.

There is a name in the top left corner of the first page where the John Barrymore drawings are located. While we did not check every page, there does not appear to be any more markings inside the book.

There are no bad odors, missing pages, or repair places on or in this beautiful Gene Fowler book. If the book originally came with a dust cover, it does not have one now. There are some vintage wear and rub places on the book - mainly on the edges and corners. Ther are some little shadow spots on the covers and one small darker spot on one of the pages but does not cover any of the text. The binding of the spine to the pages appears to be in very good - even readable - condition. The book can be opened without the fear of it falling apart. However, old books should be handled with care. That means no pressing or stressing needs to be placed on the spine and pages.

An amazing aspect of this gorgeous hardback book is that there is little to no discoloration on the inside of the pages. The page edges appear to have a little discoloration or aging. However, the page ends are made in such a way that they are not even. This gives the book a diary or personal journal appearance as it is being read.

The decorative possibilities of this beautiful 1944 Gene Fowler book are many. The appearance of the book along with its age and title earn it a place in the personal library. Also, the entryway area or the study would be enhanced by the addition of this gorgeous World War II era book.

The collector will appreciate this World War II era 1944 hardback book for its contents and good condition. Most importantly, the collector will appreciate the book for its first printing and first edition status.

The Gene Fowler hardback book "Good Night, Sweet Prince The Life and Times of John Barrymore" weighs 17.8 oz.

This beautiful 1944 Gene Fowler hardback memoir book covering the life of John Barrymore measures 5 7/8" wide x 8.25" tall x 1" thick.

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