Alexander Korda's The Thief of Bagdad, 1940 first edition.


Adapted from the film, The Thief of Bagdad. Licensed through Bud Fox Enterprises. Authorized first edition, 1940. The Saalfield Publishing Company.

The Thief of Bagdad

"Children from six to sixty, the world over, will find no story more imaginatively stimulating than The Thief of Bagdad, whether they read it as a literary extract from The Arabian Nights or see the film just produced. The story contains every element to stir the minds and hearts of its legion of readers old and new. Ahmad, its adventuresome hero, is the fulfillment of over younger's dream. ...

"Abu, the little thief, steads to relive the hunger of others and to promote romance in the universe. He laughs at the world as he does his marvelous tricks of magic. ...

"At heart we are all Abus, and we learn to perform his kind of legerdemain - the kind that gives happiness to mankind."

- Alexander Korda

Sir Alexander Korda (1893 - 1956) was a pioneering Hungarian-born British film director, producer, and screenwriter, founding his own film production studios and film distribution company. Korda's early career began in the European silent film era, where he made significant contributions to the Hungarian film industry. After a brief stint in Hollywood, he moved to Britain in the 1930s, establishing London Films. His production of 'The Private Life of Henry VIII' in 1933 garnered international acclaim, setting a precedent for future British cinema. Korda's legacy includes classics such as 'Rembrandt', 'The Thief of Baghdad', and 'The Third Man'. Notably, in 1942, he became the first filmmaker to be knighted for his contributions to the film industry. Korda's influence extended beyond his films; he was instrumental in developing Britain's Denham Film Studios.
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Condition: Very Good. Lacks dust jacket, as issued. Illustrated cover boards with red cloth spine: Light shelf wear; very light soiling from handling, front and back; moderate wear along all edges; small scuffs on the front; small round chip on the back, lower edge; bumped at the corners and head and tail of the spine. Cloth spine is lightly faded near the head but undamaged; small closed tear and faint dampstain where paste-down and fly leaf meet, front and back, near head of the spine. Small stamped name on back paste-down. Small closed tear at the lower edge of the frontispiece else pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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