Traffic in Souls. Eustace Hale BALL.

Traffic in Souls. New York: G. W. Dillingham Co., (1914).

First Edition and First Photoplay Edition, illustrated with scenes from the Universal film directed by George Loane Tucker and starring Matt Moore and Ethel Grandin. Extremely scarce photoplay edition with six stills from the film that dramatizes the social problem of white slavery and prostitution. A Hubin listed mystery in which the protagonist tracts down a millionaire white-slaver who entrapped her sister. Considered to be Universal's most important silent era production, being the company's first feature length release, the first film to deal with sexuality, and first major success as a production company. The overwhelming success of Traffic in Souls convinced Universal's president to move the company from New York to Hollywood. Ball's novel is thought to be the first novelization from film to book. Near Fine but for top corner of front endpaper clipped, some foxing to page edges, in Very Good dustjacket, some modest soiling, shallow loss at top spine end.

Price: $800.00

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