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    Marian Marsh's "Svengali" Script and 1895 Edition of "Trilby." Based on George du Maurier's 1894 classic Trilby, the 1931 film version of the best-selling book starred John Barrymore, and a then 17-year-old Marian Marsh, and was re-titled Svengali by Warner Brothers. Chosen for the role by Barrymore himself (because she resembled his wife, actress Dolores Costello), Marsh was asked by "The Profile" to display her profile, which the nervous 17-year-old promptly did. The pairing resulted in one of Barrymore's most captivating performances, and a mesmerizing debut for the young starlet. The script included in this lot is the final screenplay and dialogue by J. Grubb Alexander and is unaltered per Darryl Zanuck's orders on the cover page. In Very Fine condition with moderate age-toning and mild wear to cover. Also included in the lot is an 1895 edition of du Maurier's Trilby owned and used by Marsh while filming the novel's adaptation. Published by Harper & Brothers, the 464-page hardcover contains a generous amount of illustrations by the novel's author du Maurier (Daphne du Maurier's grandfather). This original 1895 edition, however, was altered from Harper's serialized version due to du Maurier's thinly veiled depiction of the artist J.M. Whistler. Upon Whistler's threats of litigation, the description was slightly amended, yet can still be recognized as the artist described on page 143. In Very Good condition considering its age, the original cover design of a gilt heart with wings is still strikingly visible under the eerie image of Svengali's web. With hardcover cloth slightly open at right corner, minor soiling and wear to spine and front and back covers, mild yellowing to pages, pencil notations, inner hinging slightly weakened with wear but main text not loose. From the Marian Marsh Archive.

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    October, 2007
    6th-7th Saturday-Sunday
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