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BLAKER, Richard.

But Beauty Vanishes.

Published: William Heinemann, Ltd., London, 1936

Stock code: 36686

Price: £70

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First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Richard Sidney Blaker (1893-1940) was a talented and respected English writer, born in India the son of a high colonial official. Wounded in World War I, he went on to write Medal Without Bar (1930), a much-praised novel based on his wartime experience. Blaker also had career in film writing: in 1938 he travelled to Hollywood to write a Titanic movie for Hitchcock to direct, but the project came to nothing. While still in England, he had worked on films for Denham Studios, and in Hollywood worked on projects such as a fictionalized life of the Duke of Windsor, though again the film was never made.

Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine in silver. With the dust jacket. Book Society plate to the front pastedown but a superb copy in dust jacket.

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