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Phantom Of the Opera

By Leroux, Gaston


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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 20 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, and perhaps the only jacketed copy that will ever appear on the market. .

  • Published: (1911)
  • Edition: First
Sold by: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA
$38,500.00

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Leroux, Gaston

New York, Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company Publishers,. [1911]. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-357 [358-360: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], one single-page and four double-page inserted plates with color illustrations by Andre Castaigne,. 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.

  • Published: [1911]
  • Condition: 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 t
Sold by: L. W. Currey, Inc.
$1,850.00

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Leroux, Gaston

New York, Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company Publishers,. [1911]. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-357 [358-360: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], one single-page and four double-page inserted plates with color illustrations by Andre Castaigne,. 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.

  • Published: [1911]
  • Condition: Very slight spine lean, a clean, bright, nearly fine copy with no loss of the highly perishable enamel stamping. A very nice cop
Sold by: L. W. Currey, Inc.
$1,850.00

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Leroux, Gaston

New York, Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company Publishers,. [1911]. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 1-357 [358-360: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], one single-page and four double-page inserted plates with color illustrations by Andre Castaigne,. 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.

  • Published: [1911]
  • Condition: Cloth lightly rubbed at edges, several mild bubbles to cloth, small closed tear at upper edge of half-title page, a clean, brigh
Sold by: L. W. Currey, Inc.
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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.

  • Published: 1911
Sold by: James Pepper Rare Books, Inc.
$1,500.00

The Phantom of The Opera

[MOVIE POSTER] LEROUX, Gaston

T.P. Ltd, Printed in England [1962], 1962. An original UK quad for Hammer Films' 'The Phantom of The Opera.' based on the classic novel from Gaston Leroux, starring Herbert Lom. Folded, condition A (fresh). Approx dimensions 40x30 inches, landscape format, now with loose-backed board stiffener. Mystery writer Leroux's classic tale of extraordinary events, tragedy, horror, pathos, humour and a gallery of minor characters; the portrait of the hideous musician, crazed by his extreme ugliness, shows compassionate insight into the criminally insane mind; one of the best and of the Hammer horrors, directed by the reliable Terence Fisher and with a genuinely moving performance from Herbert Lom. Note on Format; the 'quad' is a vertical view UK movie poster measuring approx. 30 x 40 inches, generally issued folded with one vertical and three horizontal creases. The standard (and most collectible) format for film posters in Britain, being the equivalent of the US 'one-sheet'.

  • Published: 1962
Sold by: Adrian Harrington Rare Books
$1,249.28

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.

  • Published: 1911
  • Condition: Near Fine
  • Edition: First American Edition
Sold by: Rose's Books, IOBA
$1,250.00

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. .

  • Published: (1911 - really 1925)
  • Edition: First
Sold by: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA
$850.00

The Phantom Of The Opera

LEROUX, Gaston

London, The Reader's Library. n.d. [late 1920's], 39. Reader's Library Edition. FIRST THUS, movie tie-in. Small 8vo. 240pp. Publisher's burgundy cloth decorated in gilt. Spine darkened, some isolated spotting, very little wear. Paper uniformly toned throughout. A smart, tight little book in a stunning colour dustwrapper with light edgewear, bright unfaded and bursting with Lon Chaney melodramatic cloak swirling. Mystery writer Leroux's classic tale of extraordinary events, tragedy, horror, pathos, humour and a gallery of minor characters; the portrait of the hideous musician, crazed by his extreme ugliness, shows compassionate insight into the criminally insane mind. Bleiler; Checklist of Fantastic Literature [357].

  • Published: 39
Sold by: Adrian Harrington Rare Books
$791.21

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Leroux, Gaston

New York: Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, n.d.. [1925]. Octavo,. 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.

  • Published: [1925]
  • Condition: 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 rub
Sold by: L. W. Currey, Inc.
$750.00

The Phantom of the Opera

Leroux, Gaston

NY: Bobbs-Merril Co.. Very Good+ with no dust jacket. 1911. First Edition. Original Cloth. 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 .

  • Published: 1911
  • Condition: Very Good+ with no dust jacket
  • Edition: First Edition
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$700.00

Phantom of the Opera (Transaction Large Print Books)

Gaston Leroux

Isis Large Print Books. Hardcover. New. Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available.

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The Phantom of the Opera

Leroux, Gaston

New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company. Good+ with no dust jacket; Some soiling to cover and spine, spine slightly . bumped. Light 1" waterstain top edge throughout (not affecting text). Ink . names on obverse of frontis.. 1911. First American Edition. Hardcover. "Press of Braunworth & Co." slug present on indicia page. ; 8vo; 357 pages .

  • Published: 1911
  • Condition: Good+ with no dust jacket; Some soiling to cover and spine, spine slightly bumped. Light 1" waterstain top edge throughou
  • Edition: First American Edition
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$650.00

The Phantom of the Opera

LEROUX, Gaston

New York: Grosset & Dundap, 1911. hardcover. fine. 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). Fine.

  • Published: 1911
  • Condition: fine
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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.

  • Published: 1911
  • Edition: First American edition
Sold by: Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA
$600.00

THE BROKEN VASE

STOUT, Rex

Farrar, 1941. First edition, Fine condition/ Fine dust jacket.

  • Published: 1941
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$600.00

Phantom of the Opera

Leroux, Gaston

New York: Bobbs Merrill, 1911 Original cloth with blindsatmped image of phantom on front cover and mask on spine. Octavo. First American edition. No Braunworth slug on copyright page. White lettering is bright on front cover and moderately rubbed publisher's name at foot of spine. 5 color plates by Andre Castaigne, 4 of which are double-page. 357 pp. Hinges cracked, but binding secure. Board corners mildly bumped. Very mild wear to spine extremities. Page edges toned. Else VERY GOOD +. Hardcover. Very Good +. Illus. by Andre Castaigne. 8vo.

  • Published: 1911
  • Condition: Very Good +
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$600.00

The Phantom Of The Opera

Leroux, Gaston

New York, NY, USA:: The Bobbs-Merrill Company,, 1911.. First American edition. Cloth. Very Good. Brown embossed boards with cream letters and graphics. Some of the lettering on the spine has flaked off. FIRST US EDITION. There are five tipped in color illustrations. The frontis is one page with tissue intact and the remaining four pages are double paged. 357 pages.

  • Published: 1911.
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Edition: First American edition
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$564.00

The Phantom Of The Opera

Leroux, Gaston

New York: The Bobbs - Merrill Company, 1911. Clean text. VG, no dust jacket. In original brown cloth binding with blindstamp of phantom on front cover. Neat gift inscription on front free endpaper. American service library association label on paste down endpaper and War Service Library Stamp on title page in margin, as well as War Service Library band on rear paste down endpaper else no other markings. Very clean. Neat archival repair to cracking over rear endpaper. Corner of front cover has been previously bent, but is not straight, resulting in wrinkling to cloth along line of bend and cracking to paste down endpaper, still a very attractive copy with photos available upon request. Frontis illustration in color with guard tissue present. . First American Edition. Hard Cover Cloth. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. Illus. by Andre Castaigne. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

  • Published: 1911
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Edition: First American Edition
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$450.00

The Phantom of the Opera

Leroux, Gaston

New York: Bobbs Merrill, 1911, 1911. First American Edition . Cloth. Good. Illustrated Cloth. First Edition in English. Lacking the "Braunworth Press, Brooklyn, New York" printer's slug on the copyright page, which I am informed is present on an inscribed copy dated February 11, 1911, but, aside from some differences in inking of the type, I can find no other bibliographic differences. Striking two-page color illustrations, some of which were not reprinted in later editions. A solid copy with some wear at corners where it is beginning to fray, a 3/8" square area of fraying at top of spine, a few tiny spots of white lettering on the front cover have chipped off, but all lettering is complete and most is strong. Two minor shallow stains 1" x 1/8" at the top edges of a few pages near the back of the book. Long tear on p 72, without loss. Rear hinge cracked through but holding. All illustrations present.

  • Published: 1911
  • Condition: Good
  • Edition: First American Edition
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$360.00