San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1948. Fine in Very Good dust-jacket First Edition, limited to 500. San Francisco: The Book Club of California; 1948; First Edition, Reprinted from Beadle's Half-Dime Library, Number 814, February 28, 1893, Limited to 500 and printed by Grabhorn Press [9x12.5”]; Red cloth backed over pale yellow decorative boards with red lettered paper label on spine; ,, 56 pp., , text printed in red and black, illustrations with 10 engravings by Mallette Dean, edge trimmed only on top; Boards in fine condition with minor shelf wear [slight fading of three decorations is from original printing]; Publisher’s original plain dust jacket. Overall in fine condition. Item #12952
In the Introduction, David Magee comments on that item of reading material from long ago called the "Dime Novel". Parents and grandparents were sure that young people reading this trash were going to have a future life of "arson, rape and murder". "Our grandfathers, razor strop in hand, stormed the woodsheds and attics of this country eighty years or so ago to rout out the evil known as the "Dime Novel". If they had bothered to read these books the elders would have discovered that "They are depressingly moral and, in the light of present day fiction, might well have served as Sunday School texts". "But if the reading of such heady stuff was supposed to send the youth of America headlong to perdition via the penitentiary, it gave pleasure to millions of simple, not very literate folk". This novel, “...is definitely in the decadent or razor-stropping tradition". It is "as slap-happy and rootin'-tootin' piece of fiction as ever graced publisher's list"