First edition. Special issue / exemplaire imprimé spécialement. One of a handful of copies specially bound and produced for collaborators of the film and book. Quarto. Publisher's presentation binding of full vellum with titles in gilt to the spine. Housed in the original card slipcase. Marbled endpapers. Illustrated throughout with high quality tipped in colour photographs. A very good copy indeed, the binding square and firm with minor soiling and a few marks to the vellum at the extremities. The contents are entirely complete and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. One small photo has a nick and creasing to the edge otherwise the contents are in fine bright condition throughout. The gloss pictorial covers of the regular trade edition are bound in at the front and rear. The slipcase is firm and intact with some wear to and marks to the extremities. Rare in this limited presentation issue.
This copy was produced for presentation to the American screenwriter, film producer, director and narrator Winston Hibler, who co-wrote and narrated the 1953 Academy Award winning Documentary film of the same name. With the publisher's printed dedication opposite the title page "Exemplaire imprimé spécialement / pour / Monsieur Winston Hibler".
Stock code: 13676