LYNN PUBLISHING CO., NEW YORK, NY
A Lynn Book® 1935-36

There were 17 confirmed titles produced by the Lynn Publishing Company of New York from 1935 to 1936. The listing here may not be complete because of incomplete listings of titles in promotional materials and the difficulty in locating collectors who were knowledgeable about the books.

The books are numbered consecutively from #10 through #21, then #24 through #27, then #30. At the time of this writing, no titles have been identified for the missing numbers.

The titles began in mid-1935 and ended by the fall of 1936. They were released under the trademark A Lynn Book®. Each book number was preceded by the letter L (for Lynn). A simple logo featured the trademark within a double-ring circle.

The Lynn books drew their content from motion pictures (10 titles) and newspaper comic strips (7 titles). The motion picture stories came from major studios such as Columbia, MGM, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, and United Artists. They included many fine stars such as James Cagney, Ronald Coleman, Clark Gable, and Charles Laughton. The comic character stories, except for Blondie and Dagwood, were taken from the less popular strips of the day.


TALE OF TWO CITIES
A Lynn® book, ©1935 Lynn Publishing Company, New York, NY
Hard cover; Movie size: 4 1/2” x 5 3/4” x 7/8”; 192 pages; sewn binding
Author: Adapted from the W. P. Lipcomb and S. N. Behrman’s screenplay by Gerald Breitigam
Art: 80 motion picture stills from the MGM film
Cover Art: Composite of motion picture stills


The original printing is identified by not having a synopsis of the story inside the front cover.
The second printing is identified by the synopsis of the story inside the front cover.

COLLECTOR’S NOTES:
This 128-minute film, directed by Jack Conway, stars Ronald Coleman, Elizabeth Allen, and Basil Rathbone. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture in 1936.
The classic story takes place during the French Revolution (1780s). A lawyer (Coleman) tries to help victims during the Reign of Terror.
CALL OF THE WILD
A Lynn® book, ©1935 Twentieth Century Pictures, Inc.
Hard cover; Movie size: 4 1/2” x 5 3/4” x 7/8”; 192 pages; sewn binding
Author: Adapted from Jack London’s novel and the film by Rex Carson
Art: 86 motion picture stills from the 1935 Twentieth Century-Fox film

COLLECTOR’S NOTES:
This 95-minute film, directed by William Wellman, stars Clark Gable and Loretta Young.
The story tells about Jack Thornton (Gable) an adventurous prospector who makes a gold strike, then loses it on gambling tables. He saves a dog, Buck, from mistreatment, trains the dog, and wins a thousand pounds when his dog pulls a heavily loaded sled 100 yards.
The story is not true to the Jack London novel of the same name.


With the exceptions of Blondie and Dagwood and Dumb Dora, which had color illustrations throughout the books, the other books followed the standard BLB format which alternated black and white illustrations opposite each page of text. All the books had hard covers that were printed with different four-color illustrations on the front and back covers. Some of the illustrations were still photographs from the motion pictures, others were illustrated by unknown artists.


DUMB DORA AND BING BROWN
A Lynn® book, ©1936 Lynn Publishing Company, New York, NY
Hard cover; Large size: 5” x 7 1/2” x 5/8”; 94 pages; sewn binding; four-color illustrations
Author: Gerald Breitigam
Artist: Bill Dwyer

COLLECTOR’S NOTES:
Before creating Blondie, Murat “Chic” Young introduced Dora, a flapper-age female engaged in contemporary social settings. Dora had a long line of suitors and was in command of every one of them.

Young left the strip in 1930, and Dora’s adventures continued into the mid-1930s, first under the direction of Paul Fung, then by Bill Dwyer. Bill’s work is seen in this Lynn book.


The inside of the front cover of all the shorter Lynn Books® (4 1/2” x 5 3/4” x 7/8”) displayed a very large (two page) book plate that has a place where the owner of the book could sign his/her name. Some of these books were given a second printing which can be identified by the synopsis of the story printed on the book plate. It is possible that other titles had a second printing, however, at the time of this writing, only four have been found with and without the synopsis on the book plate. The frontispiece for each of the first 12 books is a 2-page spread of sailing vessles with a place provided for the owner to place his/her name.

The taller Lynn Books® (5” x 7 1/2” x 3/8”) did not have book plates inside their covers. Instead the opening and closing pages display a drawing of a movie set while it is filming a cattle round up. The artist of the two-page illustration is unknown.


BLONDIE AND DAGWOOD
A Lynn® book; ©1936 Lynn Publishing Company, New York, NY
Hard cover; Large size: 5” x 7 1/2” x 5/8”; 96 pages; sewn binding
Author: Gerald Breitigam
Artist: May not be the artwork of Chic Young
Cover Artist: Unknown

COLLECTOR’S NOTES:
Blondie debuted on September 15, 1930. In its early days, the daily strip was different from the Sunday feature. The daily strip centered on Blondie’s romantic adventures, especially with Dagwood. Blondie was a gold-digger and Dagwood was a millionaire’s son.
The content of this book begins soon after Blondie and Dagwood are married. It deals with their early relationship as husband and wife and the raising of their first child, Baby Dumpling.
CEILING ZERO
A Lynn® book, ©1936 Frank W. Wead
Hard cover; Large size: 5” x 7 1/2” x 5/8”; 128 pages; sewn binding
Author: Adapted from the Frank Wead screenplay by Sidney Davidson
Art: 57 motion picture stills from the Warner Brothers film Cover Art: Composite of motion picture stills

COLLECTOR’S NOTES:
This film, directed by Howard Hawks, stars Pat O’Brien as Jake Lee, James Cagney as Dizzy Davis, and June Travis as Tommy Thomas.
The story is about an undependable pilot (Cagney) who loses his pilot’s license because of his behavior. At the end of the story, he sacrifices his life to test deicing equipment on an airplane.


The books were published in several sizes and lengths. They had illustrations on every page, some with full-color illustrations throughout the book. All were hard covered. The books drew their content from motion pictures (10 titles) and newspaper comic strips (7 titles).


LES MISERABLES
A Lynn® book, ©1935 Lynn Publishing Company, New York, NY
Hard cover; Movie size: 4 1/2” x 5 3/4” x 7/8”; 192 pages; sewn binding
Author: Adapted from the work of Victor Hugo and the W. P. Lipscomb screenplay by Lewis Graham
Art: 68 motion picture stills from the Twentieth Century Fox film
Cover Art: Composite of motion picture stills

COLLECTOR’S NOTES:
This 108-minute film, directed by Richard Boleslawski, stars Fredric March and Charles Laughton. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture in 1935.
The classic story tells about a minor thief (March)who tries to become respectable only to have a police inspector (Laughton) hunt him down to put him in jail.

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