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Phantom Of the Opera

By Leroux, Gaston




The Phantom of the Opera is a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. It was first published as a serialization in Le Gaulois from September 23, 1909 to January 8, 1910. Initially, the story sold very poorly upon publication in book form and was even out of print several times during the twentieth century, despite the success of its various film and stage adaptations. The most notable of these were the 1925 film depiction and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical. The Phantom of the Opera musical is now the longest running Broadway show in history, and one of the most lucrative entertainment enterprises of all time.


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The Phantom of the Opera

LEROUX, Gaston

New York: Bobbs-Merrill. (1911). First. First American edition. Color frontispiece and four striking two-page color illustrations by Andre Castaigne as issued. Contemporary owner name on the front fly, bottom corners a trifle bumped, near fine in a very good example of the exceptionally rare dustwrapper. The jacket has some professional internal repair, and some modest chipping at the spine ends that continues a bit onto the rear panel near the crown. The jacket art repeats the striking Castaigne image of the Phantom descending the staircase of the Paris Opera House, and wraps around onto the spine, and is overprinted in embossed gold. From an older private collection, this was long thought to be the only known jacketed copy (we remember when it last appeared in a catalogue about 30 years ago), but our research has identified two other jacketed copies. One is a variant design with identical text, type, and $1.25 price, but utilizing a different image from the book, while the third known surviving example is the same design as this copy but with significantly more chipping. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell case. Filmed several times, most indelibly with Lon Chaney as the vengeful composer, and in recent decades transformed into a successful musical play, and a less successful musical film. Some modest flaws, but try to find another. A true rarity. .

$38,500.00


The Phantom of the Opera.

LEROUX, Gaston.

London: Mills and Boon Limited, , 1911. Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in black morocco, onlay of a mask to front board, title to spine in silver, black marbled endpapers, silver edges. Housed in a black flat cloth solander box by The Chelsea Bindery with the spine lettered in silver. An excellent copy. First UK edition, first printing in English of this mystery thriller which formed the basis for Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical and several film adaptations. In his day Leroux was considered "the foremost of the modern French writers of detective fiction."

$5,542.88


The Phantom of the Opera.

LEROUX, Gaston.

London: Reader's Library,, 1925. Octavo. Original red cloth boards, titles to spine and front board gilt. With the dustjacket. illustrated with scenes from the film. Light wear to ends of spine and corners, pages toned, inscription to front endpaper, in the dust jacket. An excellent dust jacket. First UK photoplay edition. Illustrated with scenes from the Universal Production starring Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Mary Philbin and Gibson Gowland. Fabulous wraparound dustjacket art.

$2,217.15

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

Leroux, Gaston.

New York, Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company Publishers,. [1911]. original pictorial brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in white and blind.. Some faint spotting to cloth at bottom edge of front cover, tiny damp. spot to lower fore-edge of pages, 15 mm closed tear near the gutter. margin at the bottom edge of title leaf, a clean, bright, nearly fine. copy with no loss of the highly perishable enamel stamping. A very. nice copy. (#146513). First edition in English. First printing with printer's imprint "Press of / Braunworth & Co. / Bookbinders and Printers / Brooklyn, N. Y." at foot of copyright page. Translation of LE FANTOME DE L'OPERA (1910). Leroux wrote over thirty popular novels of mystery and detection, including THE MYSTERY OF THE YELLOW ROOM (1908), a pioneer locked room mystery, considered the greatest masterpiece of French detective fiction. "He remains most famous, however, for ... THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ... Although there is nothing supernatural in his text, the charged Grand- Guignol ambiance Leroux created seems to point to a non-naturalistic explanation of the story ... Leroux assured his readers that the story was based on fact. Erik, a Middle Eastern ex-torturer and half-crazed musician, lurks in the labyrinth of passages and catacombs that make the gigantic Paris Opera House a genuine edifice. He creates a series of mysterious events to further the career of Christine Daae, a beautiful young singer; and, when the Opera managers refuse to make her a star, inflicts savage revenge. Certain scenes -- the Masque which evokes Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Masque of the Red Death' (1842) and the moment when the 'phantom's' own mask is stripped off -- have become horror paradigms. The story as a whole is a central urban fantasy." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 576. This classic novel has been filmed numerous times, most memorable with Lon Chaney in the lead role. Of late it became the basis for the long running stage production. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 116. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-128. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 263. Bleiler (1948), p. 179. Hubin (1994), p. 498.

$1,850.00

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

Leroux, Gaston.

New York, Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company Publishers,. [1911]. original pictorial brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in white and blind.. Very slight spine lean, a clean, bright, nearly fine copy with no. loss of the highly perishable enamel stamping. A very nice copy.. (#147636). First edition in English. First printing with printer's imprint "Press of / Braunworth & Co. / Bookbinders and Printers / Brooklyn, N. Y." at foot of copyright page. Translation of LE FANTOME DE L'OPERA (1910). Leroux wrote over thirty popular novels of mystery and detection, including THE MYSTERY OF THE YELLOW ROOM (1908), a pioneer locked room mystery, considered the greatest masterpiece of French detective fiction. "He remains most famous, however, for ... THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ... Although there is nothing supernatural in his text, the charged Grand- Guignol ambiance Leroux created seems to point to a non-naturalistic explanation of the story ... Leroux assured his readers that the story was based on fact. Erik, a Middle Eastern ex-torturer and half-crazed musician, lurks in the labyrinth of passages and catacombs that make the gigantic Paris Opera House a genuine edifice. He creates a series of mysterious events to further the career of Christine Daae, a beautiful young singer; and, when the Opera managers refuse to make her a star, inflicts savage revenge. Certain scenes -- the Masque which evokes Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Masque of the Red Death' (1842) and the moment when the 'phantom's' own mask is stripped off -- have become horror paradigms. The story as a whole is a central urban fantasy." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 576. This classic novel has been filmed numerous times, most memorable with Lon Chaney in the lead role. Of late it became the basis for the long running stage production. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 116. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-128. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 263. Bleiler (1948), p. 179. Hubin (1994), p. 498.

$1,850.00

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

Leroux, Gaston.

New York, Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company Publishers,. [1911]. original pictorial brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in white and blind.. Cloth lightly rubbed at edges, several mild bubbles to cloth, small. closed tear at upper edge of half-title page, a clean, bright, nearly. fine copy with no loss of the highly perishable enamel stamping.. (#138080). First edition in English. First printing with printer's imprint "Press of / Braunworth & Co. / Bookbinders and Printers / Brooklyn, N. Y." at foot of copyright page. Translation of LE FANTOME DE L'OPERA (1910). Leroux wrote over thirty popular novels of mystery and detection, including THE MYSTERY OF THE YELLOW ROOM (1908), a pioneer locked room mystery, considered the greatest masterpiece of French detective fiction. "He remains most famous, however, for ... THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA ... Although there is nothing supernatural in his text, the charged Grand- Guignol ambiance Leroux created seems to point to a non-naturalistic explanation of the story ... Leroux assured his readers that the story was based on fact. Erik, a Middle Eastern ex-torturer and half-crazed musician, lurks in the labyrinth of passages and catacombs that make the gigantic Paris Opera House a genuine edifice. He creates a series of mysterious events to further the career of Christine Daae, a beautiful young singer; and, when the Opera managers refuse to make her a star, inflicts savage revenge. Certain scenes -- the Masque which evokes Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Masque of the Red Death' (1842) and the moment when the 'phantom's' own mask is stripped off -- have become horror paradigms. The story as a whole is a central urban fantasy." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 576. This classic novel has been filmed numerous times, most memorable with Lon Chaney in the lead role. Of late it became the basis for the long running stage production. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 116. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-128. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 263. Bleiler (1948), p. 179. Hubin (1994), p. 498.

$1,750.00

The Phantom of the Opera

LEROUX, GASTON

Indianapolis: Bobbs Merrill, 1911. First Edition - American. Very minor small rubbed spot on the rear board, else a fine fresh copy with the white lettering fully intact and bright. Illustrated with color paintings by Andre Castaigne. A very influential novel and the basis of many film adaptations, firstly with Lon Chaney Senior in 1925, as well of the basis of the Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical - one of the most successful of all time.

$1,500.00

The Phantom of the Opera

Leroux, Gaston

New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1911. New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1911. First American edition. 8vo. Cloth binding, 357 p. Title page verso states "Press of Braunworth & Co. Bookbinders and Printers, Brooklyn, N. Y." Illustrated with 4 double page full color plates and full color frontispiece. Gorgeously illustrated edition of Leroux's classic tale of the Paris Opera House. Front board blindstamped with image of the phantom. Brown boards with cream lettering. Near fine.. First American Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Castaigne, Andre. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$1,250.00


The Phantom of the Opera

Leroux, Gaston

New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1911. First Edition. Hardcover. Like New. First edition, first printing; lacking Braunworth & Co. slug at bottom of the copyright page. Near Fine, lacking dust jacket. White stamping is sharp and crisp. Light shelf wear to edges. Hinge at frontis slightly exposed. A superlative copy.

$1,100.00


The Phantom of the Opera

LEROUX, Gaston

New York: Grosset & Dunlap. (1911 - really 1925). First. Photoplay edition. Page edges a little soiled, else about fine in a striking, very good dustwrapper with some tears and small chips. Retains two of the vivid two-page color illustrations by Andre Castaigne that appeared in the first American edition, as well as adds stills from the Universal film featuring Lon Chaney. An attractive copy. .

$850.00

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

Leroux, Gaston.

New York: Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, n.d.. [1925]. cloth.. A near fine copy with some very light foxing to endpapers and a bit. to edges, a near fine copy in very good dust jacket with rubbing to. folds and corners, and small chip from lower front panel at spine. fold. (#127422). Later printing. Photoplay edition with stills from the 1925 Lon Chaney / Universal Pictures film version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Additionally, two of the Andre Castaigne illustrations from the first edition were retained for this edition.

$750.00

The Phantom of the Opera

Leroux, Gaston

NY: Bobbs-Merril Co., 1911. First Edition. Original Cloth. Very Good+ with no dust jacket . Illustrated by Andre Castaigne. NY: Very Good+ with no dust jacket. 1911. First Edition. Owner's name on the fep (dated 1911). Covers unrubbed. Very attractive copy. Slightest flaking of the "bbs" in Bobbs at the bottom of the spine. ; Slight wear/soiling to covers, spotting on spine. Missing frontice, although the tissue cover is present. All three interior double-page illustrations are present.; 5x7 1/2"; 357 pages .

$700.00

The Phantom of the Opera.

LEROUX, Gaston.

New York: Grosset & Dundap, 1911. hardcover. fine. Andre Castaigne. Illustrated by Andre Castaigne and with scenes from the Universal production starring Lon Chaney. Small 8vo, handsomely rebound in full crimson morocco. New York: Grosset & Dundap, (1911). A fine copy.

$650.00


The Phantom of the Opera

Leroux, Gaston

New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1911. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition, first printing; lacking Braunworth & Co. slug at bottom of the copyright page. Very Good, lacking dust jacket. Light soiling to cloth, light wear at corners and spine ends. Contemporary owner signature on front free end paper. Pages lightly toned. Tissue guard, illustration at frontis, and all four illustrations in the text are present. A sharp copy.

$650.00


The Phantom of the Opera

Leroux, Gaston

New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1911. First American edition. Hardcover. Andre Castaigne. 357pp. Octavo [19 cm] Rust colored cloth with titles stamped in white on the front board and backstrip. Blind stamped portrait of the phantom on the front board. Very good. Minor rubbing at corners. Internally clean. Five color illustrations by Andre Castaigne (four are double page). Nice copy of this work that was the basis for the classic film and musical of the same name.

$600.00


The Phantom of the Opera

Leroux, Gaston

New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1911. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. First edition, first printing; lacking Braunworth & Co. slug at bottom of the copyright page. Good, lacking dust jacket. Cloth rubbed at edges, lightly soiled, darkened and lightly scuffed at spine. Stamping rubbed on spine, but sharp on front cover. Toning to pages. Several hinges are exposed, leaving binding slightly loose. Frontis and four illustrations are all present. First American edition.

$550.00


The Phantom of the Opera.

LEROUX, Gaston.

New York: Grosset & Dunlap,, 1925. Octavo. Original red cloth boards, titles to spine and front board in black. With the dustjacket. illustrated with scenes from the film. Toning to pages in the dustjacket with chips to ends of spine, shallow chipping to corners, wear to flap folds, mild wear to extremities, tape to verso of spine. A very good copy. First Photoplay edition. Illustrated with scenes from the Universal Production starring Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Mary Philbin and Gibson Gowland. Fabulous wraparound dustjacket art for this edition which also includes two double page color plates by Andre Castaigne.

$517.34


THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Leroux, Gaston

Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Pristine. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

$375.00

The Phantom of the Opera

LEROUX, Gaston

Grosset & Dundap, 1911. Hardcover. Very Good. No date, copyright is 1911, believed to be 1925 printing. Scarce. Illustrated by Andrew Castaigne and with scenes from the universal production starring Lon Chaney. Very Good hardcover in Fair DJ. Pages are clean, crisp and unmarked. Binding is tight, Hinges strong. Dust Jacket is chipped on edge with two larger chips on top front edge. Dust jacket is in mylar. Photos available upon request.; 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! Ships same or next business day!

$303.75


THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Leroux, Gaston

Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press. 1990. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Pristine. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

$275.00