Doctor Syn. A Tale of the Romney Marsh. - Russell Thorndyke 1915 - Thomas Nelson and Sons, London - First Edition Meet Doctor Syn: Vicar, Smuggler and Pirate - the ‘Scarecrow’!

A sparkling treasure of a copy, first edition of the first book in the Doctor Syn series.

Posing as a respectable vicar in Dymchurch at the turn of the 18th century, Dr. Syn, a brilliant Oxford scholar, is actually the retired pirate Captain Clegg. Clegg, believed hanged in Rye, is no longer being sought by the authorities. However, country life proves too tame for Syn, however, and his attention turns to smuggling. He takes on a secret identity, ‘The Scarecrow’, and leads his loyal gang of ‘Marsh Men’ on a series of adventures that rival those of Robin Hood, D'Artagnian and his companions, or El Zorro in their daring and their success.

Thorndyke, pseudonym for Thorndike, Syn for ...
  Lesser known than sister Dame Sybil Thorndike but just as versatile, Russell Thorndike (1885-1972) was a British Shakespearean actor who later turned author and novelist. Of the two, Russell had natural talent but lacked the fire. His first love was for the pen and, following WWI where he was wounded at Gallipoli, devoted himself more and more to writing, his most well known works being the Doctor Syn series.

Provenance: R. Scott Reid with what appears to be his contemporary signature.

Reference: Mathew Baugh,
The Life and Times of Doctor Syn. Fantastic Fiction. Sabotage Times.

Octavo pp. 352. In publisher’s smooth pale blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt and lined in white, front panel lettered and bordered in white.
  Condition: Near fine plus, just a hint of rubbing close to lettering on lower panel, but only wafer thin, slight toning to free endpapers.   Ref: 109023   Price: HK$ 3,800