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THE VIRGINIAN - THE NOVEL & THE FILM

THE VIRGINIAN - THE NOVEL & THE FILM

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1 WISTER, OWEN (BRIAN, MARY) The Virginian by Owen Wister and the Original Working Script for the Film ‘The Virginian'. Both are Actress Mary Brian's Personal Copies
New York Macmillan 1928 
The book is a “New Edition” with illustrations by renowned Western artists Charles M. Russell and drawings from western scenes by Frederic Remington. This is the personal copy of actress Mary Brian and is signed by her. Mary Brian starred in one of the earliest Western ‘talkies', the 1929 film version of ‘The Virginian' adapted from the novel by Owen Wister, directed by Victor Fleming, written principally by Howard Estabrook, and starring Gary Cooper, Richard Arlen, Walter Huston. Decorative dark brown cloth boards with a full-color illustration by Charles Russell affixed to the front board depicting a camp site set at the edge of a forest near a flowing river with a large tent and a camp fire going. Near fine copy with the barest hint of edge wear without dust jacket [AS ISSUED??]. A lovely copy. With an original working script for the film, also the personal copy of Mary Brian, in two sections (one 42 pages - staple bound, the other 246 pages - bradbound) for the film. With a typed letter signed of provenance from film historian and archivist Anthony Slide, confirming that both items are from the estate of Mary Brian which was given to him by Miss Brian. The letter is on Mr. Slide's personal printed stationery, and is signed by him and dated June 25, 2010. Both the book and the script are enclosed together in a custom clamshell box. Mary Brian (1906 – 2002) was an American actress and movie star who successfully made the transition from 'silents' to 'talkies.' Her most notable roles included George Cukor's comedy The Royal Family of Broadway (1930) with Ina Claire and Fredric March, and in Lewis Milestone's comedy The Front Page (1931) with Adolphe Menjou and Pat O'Brien. 
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