(Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1934). 196 x 128 mm. (7 3/4 x 5"). 2 p.l., 125,  pp. FIRST EDITION.
Publisher's pale yellow cloth. In original illustrated dust jacket. TITLE PAGE INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR to William M. Fitzhugh. Jacket with trivial edge wear, front endpapers a little browned (from a previously laid-in piece of paper?), otherwise A VERY FINE COPY, the volume and jacket showing almost no signs of use.
Published four months before the British edition, this is the first appearance in book form of Hilton's gentle story of a British schoolmaster, offered here in an especially well-preserved copy. Written in just four days in 1933, the novel was an immediate success, particularly in America: it established Hilton's reputation and launched his second career as a Hollywood screenwriter. Describing Hilton (1900-54) as "a professional middlebrow novelist", DNB notes that "the benevolent authority of Mr Chips, and the civilized serenity of Shangri-La, offered escape, comforting entertainment, and a fleeting reassurance of stability" to mid-century readers. Hilton won an Academy Award as one of the screenwriters for "Mrs. Miniver," a film praised by Churchill for its morale boosting during World War II. (CFB1786)
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