New York: William Morrow & Company, 1933. First American Edition. Hilton's best-known work was not a best-seller upon publication; 1,100 of the 2,500-copy print run was sold in advance, and it would be nine months before the remainder of the print run was exhausted. After Alexander Woollcott raved about the novel on his new radio program, Lost Horizon went through 10 hardcover printings between May-December, 1934, and would go on to sell more than 110,000 copies in hardcover before reaching masses of readers as Pocket Book #1 (May, 1939). Basis for Frank Capra's Oscar-winning film (1937), starring Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, and Everett Horton. Bleiler, p.149; Stevens, p.40-42 (Lincoln's Doctor's Dog and Other Famous Best Sellers). Item #4244
First Printing, one of 2,500 copies. Octavo (19.5cm); full black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine and circular mountain vignette stamped in blind to front cover; orange topstain; dustjacket; [iv],277,pp. Signed by the author at upper front endpaper. Contemporary owners ink signature and address written upside down on rear endpaper (famed Hawaiian operatic baritone Keaumoku Louis); wear to spine ends and one lower corner, faint vertical production crease to cloth on front cover, front hinge cracked but holding, with offsetting to endpapers; Very Good and sound. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.50), gently spine-sunned and lightly edgeworn, with shallow losses to spine ends, (none affecting lettering), several short tears and a few small stains, and archival reinforcement along joints and flap folds; Very Good.