London: The Amalgamated Press, Limited, 1919. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto (11 1/2 x 9"). Original publisher's blue cloth, with black lettering to spine and front cover.
Scarce bound volume of the first 26 (i.e. 25) issues of the weekly "Picture Show," a film magazine published between May 3, 1919 and December 31, 1960, and thus one of the longest running film entertainment magazines edited in the United Kingdom.
Some of the biggest silent movie stars are featured on the magazine's covers:
Charlie Chaplin (Nr. 1), Mildred Harris (Nr. 3), Jewel Carmen (Nr. 5), Tom Mix (Nr. 6), Alma Taylor (Nr. 7), Dorothy Gish (Nr. 9), Roscoe Arbuckle (Nr. 10), Mary Miles Minter (Nr. 11), Carmel Myers (Nr. 13), George Walsh (Nr. 16), William Duncan (Nr. 18), Norma Talmadge (Nr. 19), Marie Doro (Nr. 21), Dustin Farnum (Nr. 22), Bessie Love (Nr. 23), Harold Lloyd (Nr. 24), Owen Moore (Nr. 26), etc..
Filled with numerous b/w photographic reproductions and pertinent articles, this collection of 25 issues of "The Picture Show" documents the post-WWI period when the movie industry began to truly flourish, along with the birth of the "movie stars."
It is interesting to note that although in publisher's original binding, issue Nr. 4 was not included in this binding. There are 10 issues with art plate supplements, and only one is missing (in issue #18).
Binding sunned along spine, with fraying at head and tail. Minor to moderate soiling to covers. Pages slightly and evenly age-toned throughout. Binding in overall fair to good, interior in good to very good condition. f to vg. Item #44092