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ASHTON-WOLFE, H.

Crimes of Love and Hate.

Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1928 Stock Code: 113406
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Early edition with the title page headed "The Riverside Library". A collection of eight true crime cases, including the murder of Don Ramon Valdez y Cazal, Orsini the croupier, Latouche the Apache, two chapters on Hanoi Shan (a possible model for Fu Manchu), and Mata Hari. Harry Ashton-Wolfe (1861-1959) is described by Andrew Lycett, in his biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as "one of Conan Doyle's more colourful friends in the criminological world. The son of a Scottish doctor who had emigrated to the United States, Ashton-Wolfe had spent his youth in Colorado and Arizona, before moving to Europe and finding a berth in the Paris police as an assistant to Alphonse Bertillon, the great advocate of criminal anthropometrics. He subsequently decamped to London, where he worked as an interpreter in British courts and from the mid-1920s developed a career as a writer" (The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes: The Life and Times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 2008, p. 412). Scarce, particularly so in the dust jacket.

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Description

Octavo. Original dark red cloth, silver lettered spine. With the dust jacket.

Illustrations

Portrait frontispiece of the author, 2 other plates from photographs.

Condition

Jacket nicked and chipped, portion torn from foot of spine and front panel, back panel lightly soiled. A very good copy.

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