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The House that Shadows Built [WITH] Mountain View: The Adolph Zukor Estate [INSCRIBED]

Irwin, Will

Published by Doubleday, Dorian & Co., Inc, Garden City, New York, 1928
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Inscribed and signed by Zukor on half-title: "To Bernie Byrens, best wishes Adolph Zukor." 8vo. vii, 293pp. Tan cloth with blue lettering on cover and spine. Fore page edge untrimmed, as published. Frontispiece of A. Zukor. Fascinating biography of film mogul, producer, director, and founder of Paramount Pictures, Adolph Zukor. Starting with his childhood in Hungary, it begins by covering his first job as a furrier and his trip to the Midwest in 1892 for the Columbian Exposition in Chicago and his subsequent creation of a fur business there. The story moves on to his establishment of Famous Players in Famous Plays, a distribution company for French films, to his creation of Famous Players Film Company, which evolved into Famous Players-Lasky and then Paramount Pictures. He served as president for Paramount until 1936, when he was promoted to Chairman of the board and then Chairman Emeritus, which he held until his death at the age of 103. Illustrated with 13 b&w photographic reproductions of film scenes, portraits, and buildings at Paramount. In 1943, Zukor was named defendant in a suit by Byrens, who was his financial consultant, claiming that he was owed more than $65,000.00 for a supposedly agreed sum of 10% of all money saved by Zukor in life insurance holdings. Age wear and minor staining on binding. Head and tail of spine chipped affecting lettering near tail of spine. Spine slightly sunned. "B" and "Zucker" handwritten in black ink on spine. Stamp of Benny Byrens on inside of front board. Otherwise tight copy with binding in fair to good, interior in very good condition. With a 11"x 8 3/4" six page sales pamphlet entitled Mountain View, for the Adolph Zukor estate in Rockland County, NY in 1937, laid in. Pamphlet illustrated with b/w reproductions of photographs of the land, buildings, and interiors of the property. Bookseller Inventory # 21787

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Title: The House that Shadows Built [WITH] Mountain...

Publisher: Doubleday, Dorian & Co., Inc, Garden City, New York

Publication Date: 1928

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition.

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