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    Theda Bara's Copy of The Clemenceau Case (1915). Near the very end of her life, Theda Bara invited her adored young friend Joan Craig to her bedside and presented her two final gifts. One was a lucky rabbit's foot that Theda had always carried. The other was this book, which, as Joan remembers, was "very precious" to Theda and a cherished item that the actress always kept in her bedroom. It's a reprint of Alexandre Dumas' The Clemenceau Case. Theda's film version (the first to give her true star billing) was one of ten 1915 releases in which she played and her picture graces the maroon cover, with gold lettering proclaiming, "William Fox Presents THEDA BARA in The Clemenceau Case by Alexandre Dumas Fox Film Corporation, picturized and produced by Herbert Brenon." The book measures approximately 5" x 7" and has 214 pages (no pictures inside), plus a list of other books in the Royal Publishing Company's series. There are several tiny scars on the book and a few little age marks on Theda's cover portrait; otherwise, it is in Very Good condition. Incidentally, Theda was stabbed to death in The Clemenceau Case, and had a pet python, on loan from the Bronx Zoo! From the Joan Craig Costume Archive of Theda Bara. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Joan Craig.

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