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WALLACE, Edgar (Richard Horatio Edgar), 1875-1932 : THE FOUR JUST MEN.
London : Tallis Press, 1905. First edition. His first thriller – the assassination of the Foreign Secretary. Launched in a blaze of publicity Wallace could not afford, the front cover advertises a total of £500 in prizes to anyone capable of solving the final mystery. The present copy has the original numbered and perforated competition slip at the rear.
WALLACE, Edgar (Richard Horatio Edgar), 1875-1932 : PEOPLE : A SHORT AUTOBIOGRAPHY.
London : Hodder & Stoughton, . First edition. Wallace looks back – and forward – “We were the poor who were not satisfied with our poverty ... newspaper-boy, cabin-boy, soldier, journalist, writer – what next”? It is worth noting of Wallace that at least 165 films had been made from his books by 1965, that he wrote the original script of “King Kong”, and that in one year at the height of his fame a quarter of all the fiction bought in England came from his pen.
WALLACE, Edgar (Richard Horatio Edgar), 1875-1932 : THE TERRIBLE PEOPLE.
London : Hodder & Stoughton, . First edition : the first issue, listing just twenty-one titles on the verso of the half-title – and in the primary binding, without the crimson circle and signature device. “Harry the Lancer came into Burton Street Station to show his ‘brief,’ for he was out of Dartmoor only that Monday, having served twenty-one months short of seven years ...”.
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WALLACE, Edgar (Richard Horatio Edgar), 1875-1932 : EDUCATED EVANS.
London : W. Collins Sons & Co., [ca.1930]. A reissue, with a cancel title-page, of the second edition published by Collins in 1929. Thirteen tales of Educated Evans, the cockney tipster – “Saturday night in High Street, Camden Town, and the lights were blazing and the tram bells clanging dolefully ...”. First published in 1924.
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