The Motives of Nicholas Holtz. Being the Weird Tales of the Ironville Virus - Thomas Painter, Alexander Laing, Lynd Ward (illustrator) 1936 - Farrar &, New York - First Edition A sharp and bright first edition, rather scarce in such nice condition. With frontispiece and dust jacket illustrated by Lynd Ward.

“‘The Ironville Virus’, a bacterium capable of reproduction at a terrific rate, which to one man’s grief, proves to be the carrier of a deadly plague and which, as far as anyone knows, has no antivirus...”
  To take advantage of Lynd Ward’s illustrations, the first edition was issued in a variety of coloured dust jacket which matched the colour of the frontispiece, known examples exist in light blue, light green, burgundy, and red as in this copy.

Octavo (book size 20.6x14.7cm), pp. vii [1] 309 [3]. In publisher’s smooth black cloth, spine lettered and ruled in white, front panel with title blocked on a white background and lettering in white, top edge tinted yellow, others untrimmed. Dust jacket with publisher’s decorative trim to all corners, and priced ‘Net, $2.00’ to upper corner of front flap. Dust jacket with small amount of unnecessary colour touch-up to spine ends and corners of front panel.
  Condition: Fine, with the exception of small hand-written No1323 to front pastedown, in near fine dust jacket, minor wear to tail of spine, with small unnecessary colour touch-up to spine ends and corners of front panel.   Ref: 110416   Price: HK$ 2,200