The Scarlet Car - Richard Harding Davis 1907 - Charles Scribner's Sons, New York - First Edition For a long time it had been arranged they all should go to the Harvard and Yale game in Winthrop’s car...

A near fine first edition of this vintage motoring murder mystery, in the rare dust jacket. With twelve full page illustrations by Frederic Dorr Steele (1873-1944) who was best known for his illustrations of Sherlock Holmes (Steele was the man who introduced Holmes’ Deerstalker and Calabash pipe).

The basis for the 1917 American silent drama film directed by Joe De Grasse and featuring Lon Chaney.

‘”Shall be together.” he quoted, “breathe and ride. So, one day more am I deified; who knows but the world may end to-night?”’”If you don’t stop this car quick,” she said, “the world will end for all of us.”’
  Richard Harding Davis (18641916) was an American journalist and writer of fiction and drama, known foremost as the first American war correspondent to cover the Spanish–American War, the Second Boer War, and the First World War. His writing greatly assisted the political career of Theodore Roosevelt and he also played a major role in the evolution of the American magazine. His influence extended to the world of fashion and he is credited with making the clean-shaven look popular among men at the turn of the 20th century.

Octavo (20.6 x 14.3 cm) pp. [12] 166 [2 (publisher’s catalogue)] [4]. Publisher’s beige cloth lettered in black to spine and front board, boards with red and black vignette of vintage car. Dust jacket with lettering and illustrations matching cloth binding, without price, flaps blank and not clipped.
  Condition: Fine in very good plus dust jacket with some wear to corners and spine ends, spine a little toned, and with small patch of abrasion.   Ref: 108656   Price: HK$ 2,500