Paris: Ciné-Collection, 1922. First edition. Softcover. Quarto (9 1/2 x 6 1/2"). 64pp (Text), pp (Photographs). Original illustrated wrappers, with black and white lettering to front cover, and black lettering to back cover and spine. Frontispiece.
First edition of this scarce cine-novel, illustrated with photographs from the movie "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari."*
The text, translated into French by Georges Spitzmuller, is lavishly illustrated with 15 duotone photogravures (including frontispiece).
Wrappers slightly darkened / soiled, and rubbed along edges, with some abrasion to spine. Sporadic creasing and closed tears to covers. Upper corner of pages bumped, thus slightly affecting pages throughout. Clear water-stain at upper margin of pages 57-64, the last 2 plates of photographs, and the back cover (not affecting lettering). Text in French. Wrappers in overall good- to good, interior in good to good+ condition. g- to g+. Item #45669
* The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (German: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari) is a 1920 German silent horror film, directed by Robert Wiene and written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. Considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema, it tells the story of an insane hypnotist (Werner Krauss) who uses a somnambulist (Conrad Veidt) to commit murders. The film features a dark and twisted visual style, with sharp-pointed forms, oblique and curving lines, structures and landscapes that lean and twist in unusual angles, and shadows and streaks of light painted directly onto the sets. (From Wikipedia).