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This is the April 1947 paperback edition of Gene Fowler's magnificent biography of one of the world's greatest actors, John Barrymore. (the book was printed in March and issued in April) One of the most iconic actors of the Twentieth Century, Barrymore's acting career spanned both stage and film. He is considered to have been one of the greatest ever Shakesperean acors. His portrayal of Hamlet was nothing less than sublime.

Pocket Books No. 430 - The First Pocket Book Printing
First Printing, March 1947
Published April 1947
Golden-Age Size
Approximately 4 1/4" x 6 3/8"
434 pages + 2 pages of publisher's list
Red-dyed edges and red end-papers


Clean and presentable with the following imperfections noted:

Front Cover : Mild over-all surface rub -- a shallow crease displays on the bottom fore-edge corner -- else clean

Rear Cover : A small tear exhibits on the top edge -- a shallow crease to top fore-edge corner and a bit of shallow surface wrinkling -- mild surface rub -- else clean

Spine : Moderate surface irregularities-- nicking and abrasion to spine folds -- no reading crease

Binding & Glue : The binding has a decided, but mild warp (does not seem so egregious) -- while the cover is firmly attached - tthere is perceptible separation between the text block and the spine and the glue must beconsidered unavoidably dry -- no leaves are loose or detached

Page Edges : A nick to the top edges (or a dent, if you wish) -- top edge is faded, there are various small spots, else clean

Interior : Paper is toned (yellowed) but clean and presentable with but mild signs of use (a few leaf-edge creases) -- else clean and presentable

Please remember that vintage paperbacks are more fragile than their modern counterparts.The glue used in these old paperbacks can be quite dry and thus special care should be taken when handling them.

John Barrymore - Good Night, Sweet Prince - Biography of the Famous Actor by Gene Fowler - 1947 Pocket Book - Vintage Paperback

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  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: mass market paperback, in pictorial wraps glued
  • Ships from New York, United States to select countries.
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