First Edition in Original Wrappers
LEROUX, Gaston. Fantome de l'Opera. Paris: Pierre Lafitte et Cie , [1910].
First edition in book form. Preceded only by a tabloid edition. Twelvemo (7 3/8 x 4 5/8 in.; 188 x 120mm.) [8], 520 pp. With half-title.

In publisher’s original color pictorial wrappers. Edges uncut. Spine with some repairs and front wrap skillfully reattached. Spine not lacking any original paper. Pages toned but nearly unread. Overall very good and wrappers very bright.

“Gaston Leroux (1868-1927), a journalist with a love of opera and the Opera de Paris in particular, based his story on a true incident in which a director at the Opera was struck on the head by the counterweight of a chandelier. Leroux's work was used by Andrew Lloyd-Webber as the basis for his world-famous musical.” (Sotheby's)

HBS # 68364 $6,500