GRASS. Merian C. Cooper.


New York & London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1925. Octavo, pp. [1-4] [i-iv] v-xv [xvi] xvii-xx 1[2] 3-362 [363-364: blank], sixty-four inserted plates of photographs by Ernest B. Shoedsack, original blue cloth, front and spine stamped in gold, top edge stained orange. First edition. Inscribed by Cooper on the front free end paper. The account of Cooper and Shoedsack's time chronicling for a documentary film the migration of the nomadic 50,000 strong Baktyari tribe across mountains and rivers searching for grass for their flocks. The trek covered Angora (now Ankara, Turkey), western Persia (now Iran) and Khuzestan. This was Cooper and Shoedsack's first film together and they famously went on the direct and produce King Kong. They were accompanied on this quite famous film, now preserved by the Library of Congress, by the female correspondent Marguerite Harrision. The first 17 leaves have a 26 mm closed tear to the right edge, spine slightly darkened, slight rubbing and a few small splash marks to rear cover, a nearly fine copy lacking the dust jacket. Scarce inscribed. (23174). Item #23174

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