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1 "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" Produced for the First Time in Great Britain on Monday Evening August 14th, 1922 at the Palace Theatre, London Souvenir of Publicity August 5th to August 20th 1922
London 1922 Quarter Morocco, Cloth boards Very Good 
Unusual scrapbook prepared for movie mogul of the silent era. Folio, 37 by 27 cm. 33 leaves with content (66 pp), with a few blank leaves. The scrapbook consists of photographs and many newspaper clippings all relating to the London roll-out of the Rudolph Valentino movie, "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse", which was the top money-making movie of 1921. The movie, based on the Vincente Blasco Ibanez novel, would be remade in 1962. The first version catapulted Valentino to major stardom and turned him into the screen's foremost Latin Lover. It also greatly popularized the tango outside of Argentina. Also starring in the movie were Wallace Beery and Alice Terry. The scrapbook or album was prepared on behalf of Marcus Loew, the theater chain magnate and a founder of MGM, which was formed through merger three years later, who admitted to not caring for the movie, before the money started rolling in. As a document, the scrapbook captures in a concentrated manner the nature of movie publicity in the early twenties, at a time that the movie industry was taking the form of an actual industry. Leaves are of heavy card. A gilt printed title page, with a modern outer binding. Some photos with corner creases and minor edge loss. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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2 ?????? ?????? ???? [Stars of Silent Movies]
Moscow 1968 Cloth Near Fine 
8vo. 21 by 16 cm. 238, [2] pp. Homage to the great stars of Hollywood, with chapters on Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Valentino, most definitely dominating, then also pieces on Russian stars, etc. Many photos, most of which are somewhat grainy, as one would expect with the old celluloid from which they come. Scarce in the West, and not the sort of book one would expect to have been published in Soviet Russia. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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Films Paramount.  Livre D'Or Saison 1927-1928 Manuel de publicite & d'exploitation
3 Films Paramount. Livre D'Or Saison 1927-1928 Manuel de publicite & d'exploitation
Paris Societe Anonyme Francaise des Films Paramount First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
Scarce movie studio promotion, with only copy recorded on OCLC at the BNF. Folio, 38 by 28 cm. Unpaginated, but four pages devoted to each of 42 productions slated for the season. Each of the productions has one full page color plate -- essentially a movie poster mock-up -- and one or two tinted pages with photo images from the upcoming production. Most of the movies are from Hollywood, but there are a few French productions. At the time, Paramount was the largest and most powerful studio, and this lavish promotion, intended for exhibitors, was issued probably right before the release of "The Jazz Singer" and the movie industry was thrown into turmoil. Thus it came out at the precise moment bullish confidence was at its zenith, and in terms of silent movies, the industry had settled into some maturity, soon of course to be shaken. Many of the stars on the Paramount roster then remain well-known to this day, at least by movie afficianados, and a good number of them went on to substantial careers in the thirties and beyond in sound movies: Adolph Menjou, Bebe Daniels, Wallace Beery, Gloria Swanson, Warner Baxter, to name a few. Others are now more solidly associated with Silents, such as Harold Lloyd, Pola Negri and Clara Bow, although they all did make the transition to sound pictures. Visually, a highlight is a color plate of a movie theatre lobby, an image that captures the opulence, pretension and spirit of the commercial film industry in the late twenties. A fun, colorful, flamboyant and informative work for a serious movie buff. The cover has a bronzed surface, with blindstamping of the title, the Paramount insignia, etc. Restorations to the joints. Clean within. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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Films Paramount.  Production Paramount 1929-1930 La 1ère du monde
4 Films Paramount. Production Paramount 1929-1930 La 1ère du monde
Paris 1929 Wraps Very Good 
Scarce film studio promotion for Paramount. No copies located on OCLC or elsewhere. Oblong, 22 by 31.5 cm. 59 leaves, with 51 of them enumerated. These carrying numbers showcase 51 films, each with two pages, one page with a copy of an announcement flyer, then the cast list and synopsis, the facing page with sixteen photographic cells capturing scenes from the movie. Among the major stars of Paramount then were Gary Cooper, Maurice Chevalier, Clara Bow, Fay Wray, Richard Dix, Clive Brook, Louise Brooks, Emil Jannings, Erich von Stroheim, Adolph Menjou, William Powell, Wallace Beery, etc. etc. Many of the stars listed are now mostly forgotten, not having prospered beyond the early talkies. Some of the stars would soon become associated with other studios, such as Beery or Powell. The first few pages of the catalogue contain an index of the productions, naming their producers, directors and stars, and then four pages are devoted to head shots of the stars and on the facing page, a list of productions those stars are in that year. Following the 51 two-page treatments of individual productions are several pages of other Paramount promotions, and these are rendered with partial color: one for Christie Comedies, Paramount Actualities (newsreels) and Paramount dessins animes (cartoons), and two pages promoting Maruice Chevalier's first film for Paramount, with cartoon figures of the legendary entertainer making his signature soft shoe moves along a diagonal line, as if on actual film. Finally are pages with lists of Paramount agents and theatres. Attached to the inside front cover is a legal document setting forth the conditions pertaining to the showing of Paramount's silent movi3es. In terms of scarcity, this is a French publication, for the French market, targeting probably distributors. However, we are unaware of an American, or English language version, and our search should have picked up such based on the French words being identical to those in English. Condition: light wear. Light age toning. 
Price: 550.00 USD
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5 Gloria Jean Scrap Book. A New Universal Pictures Star
1940 Wraps Very Good Plus 
Folio, 37 by 27 cm. Large photo of the adolescent movie star, intended as the successor of Deanna Durbin at Universal, and probably best known today as a co-star in the W. C. Fields vehicle "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break". Like Durbin before her and Jane Powell after, Gloria Jean had an operatic soprano voice as a child and was nurtured by the movie producer Joseph Pasternak, but whether a matter of talent or of timing and other circumstances, her star never shone as bright as either of these other two, and she also wasn't really able to sustain stardom as an adult. Still, she certainly had a pretty, wholesome face, as evident on the cover of this Scrap Book. The scrapbook, but for two, or perhaps four pages, was unused. These two pages have remnants of clippings which were torn out, and the shadow of these pastings carries over to neighboring leaves. Otherwise, very good or better. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Gloria Jean.  Her Story.  A New Universal Pictures Star.  Authorize Edition.
6 Gloria Jean. Her Story. A New Universal Pictures Star. Authorize Edition.
Akron, Ohio The Saalfield Publishing Company 1941 Stiff Wraps Near Fine 
4to. 25.5 by 24 cm. 32 pp. Studio publicity biography of the adolescent movie star, intended as the successor of Deanna Durbin at Universal, and here photographed twice with Durbin. Today Gloria Jean, who is still alive, is probably best known today as a co-star in the W. C. Fields vehicle "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break". Like Durbin before her and Jane Powell after, Gloria Jean had an operatic soprano voice as a child and was nurtured by the movie producer Joseph Pasternak, but whether a matter of talent or of timing and other circumstances, her star never shone as bright as either of these other two, and she also wasn't really able to sustain stardom as an adult. Still, she certainly had a pretty, wholesome face, as evident on the cover of this booklet. The pages are heavily age toned, as per the paper stock used. A piece of tape on the upper margin of the last leaf. The tape isn't here because of a repair, and it is perhaps a half inch in length. Otherwise, a fine copy. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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L'Effort Français Aubert, 1925-1926
7 L'Effort Français Aubert, 1925-1926
Paris E. Le Deley 1925 First edition Wraps Very Good 
Colorful, eye-catching French movie studio promotion for upcoming season intended for exhibitors, the equivalent of the opulent yearbooks arranged by Hollywood studios in the twenties and thirties. Folio, 32 by 25.5 cm. Unpaginated, 22 leaves, or 44 pages. Movies promoted include "Salammo", "La Flamme", "Mon Cure Chez les Riches", "La Princesse aux Clowns", "Mon Cure chez les Pauvres", "La Justiciere", "La Chaussee des Geants", "Quo Vadis" with Emil Jannings, and "La Mort de Siegfried" and "La Vengeance de Kriemhild", both directed by Fritz Lang. Each film receives a four page spread. The Lang credits are in particular interesting pieces. We would also note that the "Quo Vadis" co-credits Gabriellino D'Annunzio as the scene director. He was a son of the famous Italian author and political leader. Scarce, with the only copy listed on OCLC at the BNF. Moderate wear, with a few small marginal closed tears, to wraps. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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8 My Cinema at Home
Sala Game Company Box Very Good 
N.d., circa 1920, possibly slightly earlier, when movies still had a strong novelty element to them. Twelve slides or strips, on six cards, which you run through the windowed frame card just so to animate into motion the sundry comical and/or circus figures. These include a clown and comely female aerialist on a tightrope, a bullfighter, a boy trainer and ramming goats, acrobats, a horse trainer and rearing horses, two fighting chimney sweeps, a man with a hammer and a giant jack in the box, a trick equestrian standing on a horse jumping over a fence, a constable chasing a ne-er do well, a boy and girl seesawing, a puppet and puppeteer, a rearing pony and his hapless mount. The set appears to be complete, with six cards, and two strips per card, plus a separate instruction sheet. The trick producing the sense of motion is produced by the striped window, which interacts with the stripes of the illustrations to create the illusion as one slowly and evenly moves the card through. A few of the cards have cracks or creases, yet they all function just fine, and the box, with light wear, is intact. 
Price: 235.00 USD
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9 Picture Show Annual for 1929
London The Amalgamated Press, Ltd. 1929 First Edition Hardcover. Pictorial pastedown on boards. Very Good Good Jacket 
Scarce with original glassine dust jacket which has some printed content on it, as well as four separate color plates depicting Hollywood duos. 4to. 28 by 21 cm. 160 pp. Profusely illustrated with photographs, black and white or sepia toned, and a full full color photographs, of the top Hollywood movie stars of the day, plus English movie stars then based in the U.K., some of whom became part of Hollywood later. This was a tumultuous time in the movie industry, with the last gasp of the silent era and its stars but sound movies a major part of the mix and within a year to be virtually all that would be made. Many of the stars featured, contrary to legend, were able to make the transition, but as Norma Desmond famously said about the silent era firmament, "We had faces then", and this promotional fluff publication surely demonstrates that in spades. Among the countless stars featured are none other than Gloria Swanson, who had just made a silent version of "Sadie Thompson", of course Joan Crawford, who was to soon make the first talking version, "Rain", of the same work, the Talmadge Sisters, the Gishes, Garbo, Gilbert, and on and on. The Annual, which was directed at a British audience, has backward looking articles as well as pieces on make-up, the stars' homes, their opulent changing room bungaloes, etc. The tenor and tone of all the articles and captions is pure publicity department magic dust and fluff, although there is occasionally an interesting detail or observation that one might not expect and/or which says something about the mood and thinking of the industry at the time. For example, concern is expressed that the movie industry might be running out of published fiction to adapt and so the industry would have to start coming up with original stories of its own. No movie buff won't enjoy the now antique photos that conjure up the old Hollywood in some ways better than the celluloid that survives from the era. The four additional color plates would appear to have been issued in conjunction in some manner with the book, since a caption states that they were presented with "Picture Show". They depicte Gary Cooper and Colleen Moore in "Love Never Dies", Marion Davies and Nils Asther in "The Cardboard Lover", Ronald Colman and Lily Damia in "The Rescue", and Jameson Thomas and Estelle Brody in "Week-End Wives". The book itself has some shelfwear and rubbing along the edges but is otherwise tight and clean. The glassine dust jacket has several tears and chips but is a miraculous survival nonetheless. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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10 Queen of the Forty Thieves in Four Parts Featuring Denmark's Most Distinguished Actress Miss Dagny Tyson
8vo, brochure, 4 pp. A scarce early movie promotion describing the plot of a long-forgotten silent film starring a now also forgotten star. The convoluted plot, a swashbuckling melodrama, is described over four pages, with several stills of the movie, and one might infer that this was an early full length movie. The fact that there was a program such as this is also suggestive that this film was regarded as a prestige production. The movie played at the "Chaplin Theatre", formerly the Russel, which was probably in Cleveland, although no city address is given. The renaming of the theater surely marks the meteoric rise of Charlie Chaplin, who had become an overnight movie sensation just a few months earlier. (He entered a contract with Mark Sennett in late 1913 and his first release occurred in early 1914.) There is no copy of the movie at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. 
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The Cobina Wright Dinner
11 The Cobina Wright Dinner
Beverly Hills 1964 Very Good Plus 
Bound folio containing many full page testimonials and photos of a who's who from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Most of the celebrities were past their movie making prime but many a comfortable late middle age and still attractive, if not exactly young, and perhaps with the discreet, or not-so-discreet, help of a surgeon's knife. Among this contingent of "Hollywood Royalty" are Greer Garson, Irene Dunne, Mae West, Sonja Henie, Bob Hope, Bob Cummings, Merle Oberon. More youthful, but soon to achieve similar status, were Kim Novak, Zsa Zsa, George Hamilton, Arlene Dahl, Rhonda Fleming, Jerry Lewis, Rod Taylor, and on and on. Add to the mix prominent producers (Ray Stark, etc.), the "hostess with the mostess" Perle Mesta, the comely wives of deceased movie people, and non-entertainment industry high society, and the Cobina being honored surely must have enjoyed the crowning accolade of her career. Personally making a tribute to her that evening was none other than Mary Pickford, and the entertainment included Red Skelton and Johnny Mathis. Cobina, now no longer famous, had had a brief movie and singing career before she entered that rarefied sorority of entertainment gossip columnists, from which the outpouring of love towards her could not have been less spontaneous than spontaneous combustion, And if there is any doubt as to the sincerity of the tributes, the inclusion of rival Louella Parsons should put such skepticism. The production of the folio is itself a tribute, with a number of the over hundred leaves featuring a metallic patina. And while the autographed inscriptions are virtually all copies, the brochure does have a genuine inked inscription by Cobina herself. Bound with a plastic spiral. Measures 28 by 22 cm. 
Price: 425.00 USD
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United Artists 1926-1927.  Los Artistas Asociados.  Barcelona
12 United Artists 1926-1927. Los Artistas Asociados. Barcelona
Cloth Very Good 
Scarce Spanish profusely illustrated promotion for United Artists releases of 1926 and 1927, with films starring UA founders Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and his wife at the time, Mary Pickford, and other starms including Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Norma and Constance Talmadge, Ronald Colman, xxxxx 8vo. 21 by 13.5 cm. Unpaginated. Promotion for sixteen film productions in the Spanish market. Essentially this is a smaller format of the promotional booklets the studio produced for its prestige productions. For example, the sixteen page section on "El Pirata Negro" is clearly modeled after, and partially translated from, the souvenir brochure for the English language version, "The Black Pirate", which was a Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., vehicle. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Zoetrope Strip "There's Life in the Old Donk Yet!"
13 Zoetrope Strip "There's Life in the Old Donk Yet!"
England NA Very Good 
N.d., circa 1870. 8.5 cm tall, 92 cm long, with twelve imaes of man in top hat being bucked off a donkey. Light soiling and wear. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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14 [Autograph Album] Featuring Entries by Rosalind Russell, Linda Darnell, Pat O'Brien, etc.
Cloth Album Very Good 
N.d., circa 1940s. Autographs include those of Linda Darnell, Rosalind Russell, Charlotte Greenwood and Pat O'Brien. The autograph of Rosalind Russell includes a pen illustration of the actress's back and her face, both crudely yet appealingly done. The sketches were probably by the album keeper, not Ms. Russell, although the latter is a possibility. More obscure nowadays but famous at the time were Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce, who played the couple Ethel and Albert Arbuckle on a long-running radio, then television, show, "The Private Lives of Ethel and Albert", and both signed the album with both their real names and the name of their characters. Rounding out the album are several fashion illustrations of gowns done with watercolors. The album is of modest size, measuring 6 by 4.5 inches. A few of the items are loose within, while others entries were applied directly to the leaves. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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[Broadside] [Spanish Movie Tickets]
15 [Broadside] [Spanish Movie Tickets] "Indianapolis". Cine Paz. Plza. de Cervantes, Alcala de Henares, Madrid. Clark Gable -- Barbara Stanwyck. Jueves 17 de Septiembre de 1953.
NA Very Good 
Ten attached, perforated tickets for the Hollywood movie, "Indianoplis", which was first released in English as "To Please a Lady" in 1950 -- a movie that now shows up on TCM. The remarkable thing about the group of tickets is the color illustration on one side, which comes off as if it had actually been painted with watercolors, or hand-colored, when in fact a printing process had been used to produce the imagery. The other side has straightforward information about the ticket itself. This plate of movie tickets is exactly like the ration cards issued by both sides during the Spanish Civil War and by the Falangists during the tight years following that war. The plate, or poster, measures 29.5 by 21 cm. The artwork is not exactly realistic. Both stars look younger and prettier than they actually were then, or ever, notwithstanding Gable's status as the top hearthrob during the thirties. But image of two drag cars gives the illustration some vim and excitement, and this imagery resembles more closely some of the American publicity for the movie. The plate has light soiling in a manner we find quite common with these Spanish broadsides. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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[Exhibitor's Annual] RKO Radio Pictures 1940 1941
16 [Exhibitor's Annual] RKO Radio Pictures 1940 1941
Plastic spiral. Alligator on boards. Fine 
Lavish exhibitor's annual with splashy spreads on movies to be released in the upcoming year. Folio, 36 by 29 cm. Unpaginated, 27 leaves. Also with the original card stock envelope, whose preservation most definitely contributed to the near pristine condition of this copy of the Annual. The exhibitor's annual was a marketing tool used by the studio's to generate excitement among its exhibitors, who were a sense its most direct customers. To that end, no expense was spared for these publications. In this particular annual, the extravagance is manifest in its cover, in the flaps or movable pieces in a few of the advertisements, and the overall quality of the production. Nonetheless, because only a small number of these annuals were printed, combined with the ephemeral nature of the promotion, few copies survive. Because the annuals were about the movies on deck during the upcoming year, one finds titles and casts sometimes different than the final release, and there are projects scuttled and others spoken of in very general terms, such as "And a second adventure film with ___ yet to be announced." And this annual is no exception, with the most conspicuous example, the ad for Orson Welles in "'John Citizen, U.S.A.' and one other production". The former became, of course, "Citizen Kane", and the latter ended up becoming "The Magnificent Ambersons", which was released a year later, in 1942. Promised is also Cary Grant in "Passport to Life", to be directed by Garson Kanin, with the illustration and the title itself suggesing a melodrama of some sort. This film was never made. In its place, starring Grant and directed by Kanin, would be the screwball comedy, "My Favorite Wife". Other examples of unmade, or unreleased, movies are Anne Shirley in "I Married a Cheat", Charles Boyer in "Ariane Pretends", Ginger Rogers in "Two on an Island", Maureen O'Hara in "Three Girls and a Gob", and Ronald Colman in "One Production". Titles were to be changed for several Lupe Velez projects. The ad for "Kitty Foyle", the movie for which Ginger Rogers was to win her Oscar, has a flap which replicates the cover of the novel. Lifting the flap reveals a brochure reprint of a Life article about the novel. A similar book cover flap is used for "Sister Carrie", a movie that was not then made. (A Paramount version would be released in 1952 with the title "Carrie".) Movies touted, and made in a form that correlates generally with the promo, include "Too Many Girls", "The Devil and Miss Jones", "Men Against the Sky", "No, No, Nanette", "Mr and Mrs. Smith", "Tom, Dick and Harry", and on and on. Other elements of interest are pages devoted to the RKO producers, directors and writers. RKO also had an arrangement with Disney, and so touted are "Mr. Duck steps out" and other one reelers. With only the most superficial signs of wear, close to mint. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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17 [Film] The Daily: New Year Edition. Friday, January 1, 1937
Wraps Fair 
Extravagant oversized promotion for the upcoming year in film, produced by the British film trade journal of the day. While this special issue was turned out at least one other time, surviving copies of it would appear to be very hard to come by. Folio, 44.5 by 28 cm. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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18 [Postcard] Lya Mara. "Halkas Geloebnis"
Berlin 1918 
Lya Mara (1897 - 1960), born Aleksandra Gudowicz in Latvia to a Polish family, became one of the most popular German silent movie stars. "Halka's Gelobnis", released in 1918, was her first starring vehicle. It was directed by Friedrich Zelnik, who became her husband and the director of her movies which followed. Mara made one a single film with sound; with the rise of the Nazis she moved with her husband, who was Jewish born, to London. Postcards such as this were instrumental in promoting the movie and also in popularizing Mara as a star. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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19 Coudon, Roland, artist (1897-1954) Metro-Goldwyn-Corporation Barcelona 1927-1928
Paris Imprimerie Gaumont et C. Courtois 1927 First Edition presumed Folder, made of card stock Very Good 
Scarce collection of color printed portraits of eight top MGM stars of the late Silent Film era, when movie stars had faces, including Lon Chaney, Eleanor Boardman, William Haines, Renée Adorée, Lillian Gish, Norma Shearer, Lars Hanson and Alice Terry. The mounted portraits themselves measure 22 by 18 cm, and they are mounted onto 32 cm square light card. The Coudon portraits glamorize and idealize the stars, as one would expect in work done for the sake of publicity. We believe that this album was one that was sent to Spanish exhibitors, and probably a similar package was sent to exhibitors in France, where Coudon was based, and perhaps elsewhere in Europe. We could find no other copies of this collection in OCLC, although Coudon posters are well represented there, including one of Chaney in the BNF, and which we would presume the copy here is a smaller version of. We suspect that a similar package was not distributed in the United States. The outer folio folder has detached cover flaps, with the tears along the folds. Soiling of the rear to this folder. The cards onto which the portraits are mounted are slightly brittle, with a few minor edge chips. 
Price: 950.00 USD
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Histoire de Sabou-Chien
20 Floris, Marcel-Evelyn Histoire de Sabou-Chien "Au Pays des Fées“ d’Apres Marcel-Evelyn-Flores. Filmanim. Les plus beaux dessins animés!
Paris probably Filmanim. Les Producteurs Français de Dessins Animés NA Very Good Plus 
N.d., n.p. Circa 1940. Box is 10.5 by 7.5 cm, and not quite 3 cm deep, with two rollers jutting out to allow us to turn the scroll within, which has 14 cells, or pictures. The story is an original fairy tale, as far as we know, about a puppy who is told he is blessed by a fairy and then embarks on an adventure to find his fortune. The story itself is peculiar -- it doesn't have a teachable moral, and ther is a flimsiness to the narrative, yet the illustrations themselves are colorful and delightful, and children at the time this object was created undoubtedly enjoyed the mechanism. Indeed, they had to have enjoyed it to its death, for this is a scarce object, with none found on OCLC, nor in the BNF catalogue. . Marcel-Evelyn Floris was an animator active in the forties. Condition: light wear. Fully functional. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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