Chipstead of the Lone Hand - Sydney Horler 1929 - Henry Holt and Company, New York - First American Edition The second Bunny Chipstead novel.

‘Amateur gentleman hero, Bunny Chipstead once again comes to the aid of Sir Robert Heddingly, chief of the British Secret Service. Chipstead owns a flat in Paris, an apartment in New York, and a pied-à-terre in St. James, London; he is accustomed to travelling first class, promotes tea drinking to one of the finer arts, smokes a pipe (an infallible marker of virile masculinity and decency), and serves unofficially for both the British and U.S. Intelligence Services (”
for the sheer thrill of the game” as the story puts it). In this adventure, Bunny is once again up against the master criminal “The Disguiser,” who has kidnapped Heddingly from a sanatorium.’ – Alan Burton, British Spy Fiction.
  Sydney Horler (1888-1952) was one of the most popular and prolific authors of the Golden Age of British crime fiction. He wrote over 150 books. At 17 he became a reporter, 1905-11 he worked at the Western Daily Press and Allied Newspapers in Bristol, then the Daily Mail and Daily Citizen in London. In 1919 began to write fiction novels and short stories on a full-time basis.

Provenance: With the ineligible signature of
A ?? St. Ross’ ?.

Reference: Burton,
Historical Dictionary of British Spy Fiction, 205.

Octavo, book size 19.3x13.5cm), pp. [8] 286 [2]. In publisher’s black cloth, spine lettered and with dagger in silver, front board with silver vignette of mask and blood dripping dagger. Dust jacket priced ‘$2.00’ to lower portion of front flap, all corners trimmed as issued, colour touch-up to spine ends, edges and fold of front panel.
  Condition: Near fine, minor wear to spine ends and upper edges, in near fine dust jacket with short tear to head of spine and colour touch-up to spine ends, edges and fold of front panel.   Ref: 109930   Price: HK$ 2,500