A.S.F. / The Story of a Great Conspiracy ("Popular Edition"): Rhode, John A.S.F. / The Story of a Great Conspiracy ("Popular Edition"): Rhode, John

A.S.F. / The Story of a Great Conspiracy ("Popular Edition")

Rhode, John

Published by Geoffrey Bles, London, 1924
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Major Cecil Street wrote detective fiction under the pseudonyms John Rhode and Miles Burton. "Rhode" gave us Dr. Lancelot Priestley solving some 77 crimes, mostly by sheer brainpower, whereas "Burton" gave us the rather more energetic exploits of Detective Desmond Merrion. But before any of that, his first published book was "A.S.F.," the tale of a criminal mastermind expanding the illicit cocaine traffic in Britain. "It was the curious episode of the Folangue pottery which gave Frank Clements a clue to the mystery." This copy states to copyright page "Popular Edition / First Published February 1924," with no additional printings mentioned. While some thus list these "popular editions" as the first, we have seen copies which state "First Edition" with NO mention of the "Popular Edition," said volumes measuring perhaps 1/8th inch thicker, with black type to bright red boards, where here we have gilt type on deep burgundy or maroon boards. We thus conclude this somewhat cheaper "popular edition" is, in fact, a second edition, albeit probably in the original year of publication. This copy "good-plus" without a jacket; gilt titles remain clear to front board but are considerably faded to spine. 312 pp. Reduced from $85. Bookseller Inventory # 004916

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Title: A.S.F. / The Story of a Great Conspiracy ("...

Publisher: Geoffrey Bles, London

Publication Date: 1924

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 2nd Edition

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