SOLD - Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford - A Cheerful Account of the Rise and Fall of an American Business Buccaneer - George Randolph Chester 1908 - Henry Altemus Company, Philadelphia - First Edition Dedicated ‘To the live business men of America, those who have been "stung" and those who have yet to undergo that painful experience’.

A sharp bright and thus rare example of this Queen’s Quorum highlight, illustrated with six black and white full page plates by various artists. The grandiose Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford started his big time bamboozling and no better description of the book can be devised than its own subtitle:
A Cheerful Account of the Rise and Fall of an American Business Buccaneer.

‘James Rufus Wallingford a “business buccaneer,” uses nearly legal methods to earn fortunes in business enterprises, promptly spending his money on costly food, drink and clothes Suave and sophisticated, with a look of affluence he inspires confidence in potential investors in his schemes, and they are anxious to be part of his endeavours, he is equally anxious to accept their contributions His lovely young wife, Fanny, has a vague suspicion that he is not quite honest, and she feels guilty for not trusting him’ - Steinbrunner & Penzler.
  George Randolph Chester (1869-1924) American novelist, film writer, and short stories writer Born in Ohio, he worked at a number of varied jobs from an early age After his marriage to Elizabeth Bethermel ended in divorce, he married Lillian De Rimo, with whom he collaborated on several books He spent time as a journalist, motion picture writer-director, and dramatist He was a frequent contributor to The Saturday Evening Post, McClure’s, and other top magazines, his most popular tales involving Gel-Rich-Quick Wallingford, a genial confidence man, and Blackie Daw, his associate.

Reference: Queen's Quorum 39. Steinbrunner & Penzler,
Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection 82. Not in Haycraft, Symons, Herbert, Reilly, Bates.

Octavo (book size 19.9 x 13.7 cm) pp. 448. In publisher’s red ribbed cloth, lettered in white to front board with twin white lines bordering tipped on colour portrait of Wallingford, original white lettering to spine rubbed off.
  Condition: Very good plus, lettering to spine rubbed, offsetting to endpapers, minor wear to corners and spine ends.   Ref: 109360   Price: HK$ 0