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Item Description: 1948. Unbound. Book Condition: Near Fine. Hilton, James. 1900-1954. Author of "Lost Horizon" and "Goodbye Mr. Chips, screenwriter of "Mrs. Miniver." ORIGINAL HEAVILY CORRECTED TYPESCRIPT FOR HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIR "Pedal Bombard" [n. p., n. d. but Hollywood, California, 1948]. Six pages of draft typescript on ordinary yellow typing paper -- typed by Hilton himself and revised extensively in black ink. Apart from the essay "A Chapter of Autobiography" which opens the 1938 volume of TO YOU MR. CHIPS, this appears to be the only other known autobiographical essay by Hilton; the typescript comes directly from the sale of the James Hilton archive at Christie's Los Angeles in 1999 and represents a unique opportunity to acquire something which is not famous in itself but which represents a deeply personal piece of writing from an astonishingly prolific writer who nevertheless rarely shared personal reminiscences with his readers. "Pedal Bombard" has been published twice, first in an obscure Chicago periodical in 1948-followed by an appearance in an only slightly less obscure 1960 anthology. And yet this Christmas memoir deserves to be made more available to Hilton collectors: it is an emotional evocation of Hilton's young adulthood, specifically the holiday season of 1913-1914 at the beginning of World War One - a period of time which heavily influenced and informed nearly all of Hilton's best writing throughout his career. Even more specifically "Pedal Bombard" paints an affectionate portrait of Hilton's father, one of the inspirations for Hilton's most beloved character, the English schoolmaster Mr. Chipping known as Mr. Chips. While James Hilton was a generous signer of books, his manuscript material is rarely seen. The typescript is accompanied by an original essay by Hilton-scholar Kurt Kausler entitled "Sentimental Journey: Mr. Hilton's Christmas Past" and has been placed in a custom binder along with a cornucopia of hard-to-locate Hilton research material related to "Pedal Bombard." Unique. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 001421

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Hilton, James

Published by Morrow, New York (1937)

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From: LEATHER STALKING BOOKS (Cooperstown, NY, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Morrow, New York, 1937. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. Author's Edition; Second Printing. SIGNED and inscribed by Hilton on a laid-in slip. Second printing of the uncommon illustrated or "Author's Edition," particularly scarce in dust jacket. Binding is square and tight with light, uniform tanning of the pages. Dust jacket has very light wear at extremities and a price "Now $2.00" stamped on the front flap. A handsome copy. ; Bookseller Inventory # 11427

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Hilton, James

Published by Macmillan and Company, London (1933)

Used Hardcover First Edition Signed

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From: Quintessential Rare Books, LLC (Laguna Hills, CA, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Macmillan and Company, London, 1933. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing published by Macmillan, 1933. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION inscribed and SIGNED by James Hilton on the title page. A beautiful copy. This ORIGINAL dustjacket is vibrant in color with slight wear to the edges. This First Issue dustjacket has the 7/6 net printed price present on the front flap of the dustjacket. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with minor wear to the edges. The pages are exceptionally clean, with a nice previous owner's bookplate to the inside pasted endpaper. There is NO marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a stunning copy with the scarce dustjacket SIGNED by the author. We buy James Hilton First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-4736707804

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Item Description: 1933. Book Condition: Very Good. Original Manuscript. HILTON, JAMES (1900-1954). FINAL DRAFT MANUSCRIPT OF THE NOVEL LOST HORIZON, an author-annotated 257pp carbon copy typescript. [Woodford Green, Essex, April 1933], 4to (10 x 8 inches), 206 with minor authorial manuscript revisions, corrections, deletions, and insertions in black ink, 61 of which include textual changes present in the work's first edition, the first leaf with the author's initial working title, "Blue Moon," in handwritten block letters and signed ["James Hilton"], followed by a typed but unnumbered half-title and prologue title, all other leaves hand-numbered at the top right corner as follows: 1-128, 128A, 128B, 129-206, 206A, 207-209, 209A, 210-211, 211A, 211B, 211C, 212-236, [a single page designated "237-242"], 243, 243A, [Unnumbered epilogue title page], 244-253. All leaves have four uniform holes in the left margin for insertion in a binder and are age-toned with occasional minor chipping; many have additional blue-pencil and ordinary-pencil corrections in two other distinct, certainly proof-corrector, hands belonging to the editors at William Morrow, Hilton's American publishers. The final three-and-one-half paragraphs of the epilogue (918 words) are not included with this typescript; this missing portion constitutes four typewritten pages at Hilton's rate of roughly 215-230 words per typed page and may represent a final set of changes to the novel's coda delivered later under separate cover. Otherwise the typescript is entirely complete and corresponds to the printed text of the first edition. PROVENANCE: "THE PAPERS OF JAMES HILTON" - CHRISTIE'S LOS ANGELES, 18th NOVEMBER, 1999 (LOT 83). One of the most celebrated and best-loved novels of the 20th century, LOST HORIZON in 1933 introduced "Shangri-La" to the English language and remains the 20th century's most renowned fictional vision of modern utopia. Three known typescript drafts of the novel exist. The first and final draft ribbon copies used by Hilton's London publisher Macmillan are housed at Pennsylvania State University. This, the annotated carbon copy used by Hilton's American publisher Morrow - the one James Hilton retained for his own files and which was sold at his personal estate sale in 1999 - is the final corrected draft currently being offered for sale. There are some minor but fitfully significant textual differences between the first English Edition and the first U.S. edition. This is important because in 1939, LOST HORIZON was published by Pocket Books #1 (the first ever mass-market paperback), with the American text, thus causing the American text to evolve into the standard published version. The adaptation of the 1933 novel into the 1937 Frank Capra directed film starring Ronald Colman further enhanced LOST HORIZON's worldwide fame and the film has long been considered a cinematic classic. It received seven Oscar nominations (including Best Picture) and became the sixth highest grossing film of the 1930s. Its reputation, like that of the novel, continues to grow after almost 75 years. As the first and final Macmillan corrected drafts are locked in the vaults at Pennsylvania State University, this surviving typescript stands alone as ONE OF THE FEW GREAT LITERARY MANUSCRIPTS OF THE 20th CENTURY STILL REMAINING IN PRIVATE HANDS. Each of the 257 leaves has been placed in an archival Mylar sleeve and the entire manuscript is now housed in a custom-designed quarter-morocco slipcase. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 001161

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