First edition in English, elusive first printing, of the book form of "the first [science fiction] epic of cinema" (Clute and Nicholls).
"Metropolis, the city of the future."
The iconic movie has influenced the visual shape of film since its debut in 1927, including modern masterpieces like BLADE RUNNER and STAR WARS. Thea von Harbou, already a popular writer, wrote this book as part of the production of the film: she and her (then) husband, director Fritz Lang, wrote the screenplay together. A pioneering movie in both science fiction and German film, the story of future dystopia is most remarkable for its visual virtuosity; the production nearly bankrupted the studio with its expensive Expressionistic and Cubistic set designs. The modern aesthetic is echoed in the superb jacket design by the English avant-garde artist Aubrey Hammond, who is also known for his 1920s London Underground posters. A stunning copy, the dust jacket rarely ever seen in such bright, fresh condition.
Read more: Clute and Nicholls, Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
London: The Readers Library Publishing Company Ltd, . 6.25'' x 4.25''. Original red cloth stamped on front board and spine with elaborate floral border, original multi-color pictorial dust jacket designed by Aubrey Hammond. Spine with a touch of toning, expert paper repair to interior of jacket front panel (visible close inspection only), text block browned as always.
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