Lost Horizon by James Hilton (Macmillan, reprint 1972) with dustwrapper
Macmillan London Ltd, reprint 1972
James Hilton’s famous novel of finding the utopian Shangri-La high in the Himalayas. Made into an equally famous film by Frank Capra (1937) starring Ronald Coleman and Jane Wyatt, and less famously as a film musical (1973) starring Peter Finch, Liv Ullman and George Kennedy, with music by Burt Bacharach.
Originally published in 1933 and although being near constantly in print since then, nice copies with dustwrappers are seemingly uncommon in any edition. This copy a 1972 reprint with an attractive dustwrapper design by Virginia Smith.
Winner of the 1934 Hawthornden Prize.
Hardback in price-clipped dustwrapper. pp , 281,  blank. Size: 7.5 x 5 inches approx. (191mm x 126mm).
Dustwrapper rubbed and worn to extremities and folds, especially spine ends and corner tips; a small patch of surface damage to rear flap with some loss of text; tanning and offsetting to verso. Spine ends lightly turned-in and rubbed, light bruise to lower corner of front board, but generally covers clean. A new endpaper to front; the rear endpaper a little marked, some age toning and offsetting, some indentations/impressions that have transfered to last few pages; pages appear clean throughout.
Overall, showing light wear but otherwise a nice, clean copy – attractive.
ref. An interesting look at the publication history of James Hilton’s Lost Horizon can be found at Michael Organ’s blogspot.
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