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Titre : VIGOROUS DAUNT: BILLIONAIRE .
Éditeur : Ward Lock & Co Limited, London
Date d'édition : 1905
Reliure : Soft cover
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, pp. [1-2] [1-4] 5-380 [381-384: ads], Sixteen inserted plates with illustrations by Stanley L. Wood, original pictorial tan cloth, front and spine panels stamped in red, black, white and gold. First edition. The exploits, mostly criminous, of a vain man who uses disguises and crafty schemes to get revenge on his enemies and to help those he would befriend. In one adventure he thwarts the plan of an American millionaire who tries to corner the market in wheat and raise the price of bread; the English working class riots, after much starvation, before Daunt saves the day. Socialistic satire with some marginally fantastic aspects, but not technically supernatural or science-fictional. The "Doings" of Daunt first appeared as a series of linked stories in THE HARMSWORTH LONDON MAGAZINE in 1902. A prolific Australian journalist and novelist, Pratt also published a fantastic crime novel, THE LIVING MUMMY (1910). Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). Hubin (1994), p. 654. Front endpaper replaced, small chip from lower margin of first leaf (a leaf of ads preceding the half title leaf), small stain to plate facing page 54, last plate reattached and a bit proud, a very good copy in a clean, very attractive binding. A scarce book. (#151643). N° de réf. du libraire 151643
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