Paris: Sansot (1914). 271pp.
A dramatic work written when the renowned film director was 26 years old and just beginning his career in film. The work references a number of personalities of the period: Gabrielle d'Annunzio, Ida Rubinstein, Bakst and a cast of characters including many of unconventional sexuality. The theme of Socratic love permeates the work and the primary character "Sir Gerald" is at the center of a series of complicated relationships, set mostly in France.
A very good copy in somewhat dusty and stained wrappers, light edgewear and sunning, light spotting throughout; warmly inscribed by the author on endpaper. The book bears a printed dedication to Oscar Wilde "créancier de nos paroxysmes." Uncommon.
Marcel l'Herbier (1888-1979) was a a poet, lawyer, film theorist, founder of the IDHEC, and a major force in modern French cinema and television.
Very good in original wrappers, foxing throughout. Warmly inscribed by the author on endpaper.