Los Angeles: The Limited Editions Club, 1959. Hardcover. Translation by Martin Armstrong. Introduction by Gerald Brenan. Illustrations by Roger Duvoisin. 4to. Black cloth spine with gilt lettering and decorative paper over boards, slipcase. xiii, 155pp. Numerous line drawings (some color). Fine/near fine. Item #47422
Superb, bright and tight example of this LEC production, whose colophon at rear notes limitation of 1500 numbered copies (this #853) signed boldly by illustrator Duvoisin. The original ("El sombrero de tres picos") was published in Spanish in 1874 and is often compared to "Don Quixote" with its plot twists, pratfalls and clothing switches. Lyricist Howard Dietz and composer Arthur Schwartz wrote the musical comedy "Revenge with Music" based on it and in 1934 it opened to some success on Broadway; a radio version played on "Colgate Comedy Hour" in 1954 starring Ray Middleton, Ilona Massey and Harpo Marx. This copy bears a choice autograph addition: Tipped to front flyleaf is a fine Photograph Signed of Middleton, heavy stock sepia-tone 5" X 7", n.p., n.y. Handsome head-and-shoulders portrait of Middleton, undated but circa 1950, boldly signed (with "Cordially") in a light area at lower right. Middleton (1907-84) was an actor and singer of stage, film and television; perhaps this Alarcón role helped earn him his role as innkeeper in the original 1965 stage production of "Man of La Mancha," the musical based on "Don Quixote." Middleton is very scarce in signed photographs. Publisher's 5½" X 8½" printed announcement laid in. NEWMAN 305.