The House of the Four Winds - John Buchan 1935 - Hodder Stoughton, London - First English Edition A fine first edition. ‘The House of the Four Winds is set in Central Europe in the 1930s. Scottish grocer Dickson McCunn features in his most exciting role. Gorbals Die-hards, Jaikie and his pals are now dabbling in politics. On his trek across Europe, Jaikie is warned to avoid Evallonia. It is in danger of being overthrown by the cruel Mastrovin. However Jaikie cannot resist taking a look and ends up being kidnapped twice. He is not the only one needing to be rescued - Evallonia's fate hangs in the balance until Dickson McCunn appears on the scene.’

‘Aurunculeia is surely the nicest elephant in fiction outside Kipling. Escapes are as hairbreadth, escapades as hair-raising as ever.’ –
Punch, July 1935.
  Provenance: Neat contemporary gift inscription dated 1935 to front endpaper. Small bookseller’s label.

John Buchan (1875-1940) was born in Perth, Scotland and educated at Oxford where he published five books and won several awards, including one for poetry. He went on to be a barrister, a member of parliament, a soldier, a publisher, a historical biographer, and - in 1935 - he became the Governor-General of Canada. Today he is best remembered as the author of his perennially popular adventure novels.

Octavo pp. 318 [2]. In publisher’s smooth green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, with publisher’s name in gilt to tail, and gilt initials to front board. Dust jacket priced ‘7/6 NET’ to spine.
  Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket, some toning to spine, light wear to corners and spine ends, three thin pieces of tape along top edges of verso.   Ref: 109548   Price: HK$ 3,500