Three Times a Woman, Grushenka, anonymous [possibly Val Lewton?], illus. “a young Russian residing in Paris, who unfortunately must remain anonymous” (Privately Printed, Paris [New York], 1933)
7.25″x9″, 252pp, the original “french wraps” bound into hardcover, half red morocco over red boards, gilt titles and decorations on spine, 5 raised bands, gilt boarders on leather covers, top edge gilt, other edges deckled, frontispiece in color (rare), other illustrations not present, binding split at 18/19 to 30/31pp otherwise good condition, rubbing and bumping to boards
Title page reads: “The Story of a Russian Serf Girl Compiled from Contemporary Documents in the Russian Police Files and Private Archives of Russian Libraries” Originally published at New York in 1933 with a false Paris imprint. Val Lewton, the supposed author, was a well known film producer, responsible for a series of good low-budget horror movies in the 1940’s by such directors as Robert Wise, Mark Robson and Jacques Tourneur. The book purports to be a flaggelation story written by a Russian living in Paris and then translated to english. The story takes place c. 1728, “shortly after the death of Peter the Great”. The main character is Grushenka Pavlovsk.