Conceived by Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper, novelization by Delos W. Lovelace
First edition, in scarce early issue dust jacket, of the novelization of the classic 1933 film, one of only two official merchandise projects created to help market the movie.
"Whether it was the desperate fight to the death between Kong and the enormous T-Rex, still as gripping as any five minutes of film ever shot, or the planes flying around Kong atop the Empire State Building with machine guns blazing [...] no one had ever seen anything like it." – Victoria Riskin
King Kong was originally conceived as a film starring Fay Wray, but creator Merian C. Cooper also contracted Lovelace to produce a novelization as part of the marketing campaign for the movie's release, just as many films of the era that were based on books also spurred new photoplay editions that served as movie tie-ins. According to Ray Morton, this book was one of only two official marketing projects for the film (the other being a collection of sheet music based on the score). Morton also notes that "Lovelace based the novel on Ruth Rose's first complete draft of the script, so it differs from the finished film in several respects" (306). A nice copy that shows well.
Read more: Riskin, Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir; Morton, King Kong: The History of a Movie Icon from Fay Wray to Peter Jackson.
New York: Grosset & Dunlap, (1932). 8'' x 5''. Original green cloth with brown lettering. In original dust jacket with publisher's catalogue on verso. Photographic endpapers of stills from the film. , 249,  pages. Book with small stain to spine foot, unobtrusive crease to front endpaper with pencil caption of actor names. Jacket expertly restored at joints and extremities; shows near-fine.
Very good plus in like jacket.
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