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ASHTON-WOLFE, H.

The Underworld:

a series of reminiscences and adventures in many lands.

London, Hurst & Blackett, [1926] Stock Code: 113408
£150.00

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First edition, first impression. Nine true crimes stories described by the Daily Graphic (and trumpeted proudly on the front of the jacket) as "staggering secrets of the sleuth-hound". 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). Uncommon, especially so in the marvellous dust jacket, designed by "Hookway" - Hookway Cowles, who was the jacket artist on four crime titles by John Dickson Carr and three by Richard Hull, and the illustrator of Rider Haggard in the 40s and 50s.

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Description

Octavo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in black, two-line black border on front cover. With the dust jacket.

Illustrations

Portrait frontispiece of the author, 20 illustrations from photographs on 14 plates.

Condition

Neat ownership inscription on front free endpaper. A few nicks and chips to jacket, spine a little rolled and sunned. A very good copy.

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