A Gentleman from Mississippi. New York: J. S. Ogilvie Publishing Co, (1909.
First Edition. Original blue illustrated cloth and illustrated dustjacket. Rare novelization by Frederick R. Toombs of this extremely popular play by Thomas A. Wise and Harrison Rhodes and produced by William Brady and Joseph Grismer, with 407 performances at the Bijou Theatre on Broadway. Illustrated with eight photographic stills from the theatrical production which feature a very young Douglas Fairbanks who played Bud Haines. This is likely only the second book to feature Fairbanks' image, after a theatre edition of George Broadhurst's The Man of the Hour which was novelized by Albert Payson Terhune under the title, The New Mayor in 1907 and published by Ogilvie. A jacket for either of these first editions is unseen other than this present copy. The play and novel explore the current state of corruption in Washington politics, an honest southern senator beset by political bosses who plan to use him for their own gain. Basis for the 1914 black and white silent film directed by Harrison Garfield Rhodes and starring Thomas A. Wise, Chester Barnett and Evelyn Brent. Near Fine bright copy in Very Good dustjacket with some loss at top spine area.