Altadena, California: Twin Palms Publishers, 1987. 1st Edition. Large folio, publisher's black cloth, spine and upper board blindstamped, black endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
Lavish compilation of previously unpublished portraits and movie stills of actresses and actors of the silent film era between 1916-1933, a period in which, editor Jack Woody describes, "salaries soared, legends were made, and scandal was omnipresent." After Fox Studios' exceedingly successful invention of silent film actress "Theda Bara," or "The Vamp," it became common practice to invent the lives of stars and potential stars with photographic documentation, not dissimilar to the contemporary Hollywood process. Including work by some of the finest studio photographers of the day, including George Hurrell, Clarence Sinclair Bull, and Eugene Robert Richee, and featuring portraits of the most prominent film actresses of the time, such as Lillian Gish, Greta Garbo, and Jean Harlow, Lost Hollywood is "a record of the attempts to change, remind, charm, or deceive the world with images of Hollywood's earliest efforts." Illustrated throughout with lush, full-page gravures; with indexed image descriptions. One to 5,000 unnumbered copies. Light soiling and rubbing to spine-ends and edges of unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #1658