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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: The Illuminating Diary of a Professional Lady. By Anita Loos. "Intimately Illustrated" by Ralph Barton. New York: Boni & Liveright, 1925 (Fourteenth Printing, June 1926). Duodecimo 12mo. (7 1/2" x 5 1/4"). 216 (217) pp. Black & white illustrated frontispiece and black & white cartoon-like captioned illustrations throughout. Red cloth spine with decorated blue & white paper-covered boards and paste-on label.

Very good (spine lettering faded; slight rub at spine edge; corner tips worn; paper a bit tanned with age). No marks or names; binding is solid. A sweet, little book in clean gift condition.

Comic musings of ditzy Blonde flapper, Lorelei, as she travels through Europe with her friend, Dorothy, and meets men (some of them famous, such as "Dr. Froyd"). Written in diary format (complete with deliberate misspellings: "Paris is Devine"), the novel was first published in installments in Harper's Bazaar and is considered one of the classics of the Roaring Twenties. It was subsequently adapted into a newspaper comic strip, a Broadway musical starring Carol Channing, and two film versions, the most famous of which is Howard Hawk's 1953 adaptation starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. (See frontispiece caption in photo #2, clearly the inspiration for Marilyn's song "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend.") Fantastic 1920s illustrations complete this great Jazz Age collectible.


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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos. Cute 1925 Vintage Illustrated Gift Copy.


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