First edition in English translation of Leroux's masterpiece, originally serialized and published in French the year before.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
"I will play you Mozart, if you like, which will only make you weep; but my Don Juan, Christine, burns; and yet he is not struck by fire from Heaven."
Well-beloved for half a century before Andrew Lloyd Webber got his hands on it, this uncredited first (and still standard) English translation by Alexander Texeira de Mattos ably renders Leroux's original tale of a man who loved music and lurking to equal and extreme degrees. A Poe-influenced gothic masterpiece and a cautionary tale for innocent music students walking into a classical music world still full of megalomaniacal Opera Ghosts and underground lakes.
New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, (1911). 7.25'' x 5''. Original embossed red cloth with yellow lettering stamped on spine and front board. Color frontispiece with intact tissue guard; four double-page color plates by illustrator André Castaigne. , 358 pages. Light wear to extremities. Faint touches of sun and soil to edges of pages block. Bookplate to front free endpaper.
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