METROPOLIS by Thea Von Harbou

1927 First edition, first printing (UK), no mention of 'Metropolis' in the Reader's Library catalogue denoting a 1st Issue but Metropolis is listed on the rear jacket flap.
Published by The Readers Library Publishing Co, Queen Street, London
no mention of 'Metropolis' in the Reader's Library catalogue denoting a 1st Issue of the 1st Edition.
 
Original Film Tie-In, published for the UK release of the Iconic 'METROPOLIS', directed by FRITZ LANG, who was intact the author Thea Von Harbou's husband. METROPOLIS is now recognised as one of the greatest and most influential Books/Films ever made, an Iconic Science Fiction Landmark and Expressionist Masterpiece.
 
Description: Book; Vg, 250pp, Original maroon cloth with gilt-stamped borders and titles, ditto to spine. Nice, solid, square copy, the cloth is clean and unmarked, the gilt-stamping is fresh and bright, gilt -stamping has dulled to the spine as is usual. Very light wear to the corners and spine tips. The pages have uniformly browned as is usual with these cheaply made editions from Reader's Library who used a pulpy paper stock. A very tightly bound copy which has a small, professionally restored tear to the title page and facing page. No internal inscriptions or previous owners names. Contain's a wonderful 'editor's note' regarding the novel with references to Karel Capek's R.U.R, & H G Wells 'The Time Machine'. Fascinatingly it also references the imminent Film release by Fritz Lang and Von Harbou (husband and wife team) and the casting of Brigitte Helm as 'Maria/The Machine Man in a Ufa Production.
 
Dust Jacket: Vg, The original 1927 dustjacket with Iconic wraparound artwork by Aubrey Hammond. This copy has benefitted from some light restoration work around the spine area and hinge corners. Very light rubbing and nicks to extremities, light toning to spine and flaps, age wear to hinges, this copy has retained excellent colour. The wrap-around artwork depicts 'Futura' the Robot against an Expressionistic Sci-Fi Cityscape with wonderful 1920's typography. Also contains the film company and the English distributor's logos 'UFA' and 'Wardour' on the front panel of the D/W (upper right corner). An extremely rare survivor of this highly prized and sought after Science Fiction Classic.
The jacket was featured in recent Observer and Guardian articles on Iconic dust jacket design as well as in Martin Salisbury's 'The Illustrated Dust Jacket' published by Thames and Hudson

METROPOLIS by THEA VON HARBOU

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