Vestal, New York: The Vestal Press, 1990.
First Edition. Hardcover. 9 1/4" X 6 1/8". xiv, 392pp. Mild shelfwear and some dust spotting to unclipped pictorial dust jacket. Black cloth over boards, with spine lettered in silver. Mild shelfwear to binding, with gentle bumping to tail of spine. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. A presentable first printing of this definitive biography of silent film star Lon Chaney, from his birth to deaf parents, his start in theatre first as a prop boy and later as an actor, his first marriage and birth of his only child, his entrance into motion pictures after his first wife's attempted suicide in the wings of a Los Angeles theatre, how the Hunchback of Notre Dame and Phantom of the Opera boosted him to international stardom, joining the newnly formed MGM studios, and more, all illustrated in over 120 photographs, many never before published, penned by Lon Chaney's leading biographer, the 60-year veteran of the film industry, Michael F. Blake. Very good / very good. Item #6171