DescriptionFrankenstein Related -- Signed by James Whale and R.C. Sherriff. Signatures of director James Whale and frequent collaborator R.C. Sherriff grace this first edition of Journey's End, Sherriff's 1929 stage play that Whale helmed to smash success on both sides of the Atlantic and made a star of future Frankenstein lead Colin Clive. R.C. Sherriff went on to write scripts for several of Whale's films, the first being 1933's The Invisible Man, adapted from the H.G. Wells' novel and featuring in the cast (as Chief of Police) British actor Holmes Herbert. This copy of Journey's End (London: Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1929) was owned by Herbert and presumably signed for him. Still present is the original mailing envelope used by London bookseller Bernard Rota in sending the book to Herbert's Beverly Hills residence in May of 1932. Sherriff, who had only arrived in Los Angeles the month before to begin work on The Invisible Man, signed shortly thereafter, in ink on the front endpaper: "Yours very sincerely / R.C. Sherriff / Santa Monica / 3 June 1932." Whale's undated pencil signature below Sherriff's, "Yours, James Whale," may have been acquired during filming the following year. In addition to the mailing envelope, the book is accompanied by a scarce wraparound band and a bookmark, both issued to promote the play's original London run. The softcover book is in Near Fine condition with some minor foxing to pages and expected offsetting to endsheets from cover flap. Wraparound band is Very Good +, cut, creased, and has a small chip. Bookmark is Fine. Mailing envelope is Very Good with expected handling wear. For additional details on James Whale, R.C. Sherrif, and Holmes Herbert, go to HA.com/Entertainment.
James Whale (1889-1957) was one of the most prominent directors of the 1930s. His work includes Journey's End, Frankenstein, The Old Dark House, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, Show Boat, and The Man in the Iron Mask.
R. C. Sherriff (1896-1975) wrote the screenplays for three films directed by James Whale -- The Invisible Man, One More River, and The Road Back. He additionally made uncredited contributions to Whale's The Old Dark House and The Bride of Frankenstein. His other films include The Four Feathers, Goodbye Mr. Chips, That Hamilton Woman, Odd Man Out, and Quartet.
Holmes Herbert (1882-1956) emigrated to the United States in 1912. He began appearing in American films regularly starting in 1915 and continued up until 1952. A leading man in silent films, he became a reliable character actor in the sound era. In addition to The Invisible Man, he appeared in a wide array of horror films during the 30s and 40s, including Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Mystery of the Wax Museum, Mark of the Vampire, The Ghost of Frankenstein, and The Mummy's Curse.
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