Minions of the Moon - Eden Phillpotts 1934 - Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., London - First Edition First edition in a near fine and rare example of the dust jacket. A historical novel of Napoleonic times in Devonshire, and of course the prison of Dartmoor, which even then stood upon those desolate moors, with escapes, adventures, highway robbery, romance and full blooded drama.

True first edition in black cloth with yellow lettering, and publisher’s autumn 19324 catalogue to rear.
  Eden Phillpotts (1862-1960) was an English author, poet and dramatist. He was born in Mount Abu, British India, educated in Plymouth, Devon, and worked as an insurance officer for 10 years before studying for the stage and eventually becoming a writer. He co-wrote two plays with his daughter Adelaide Phillpotts. He was the author of many novels, plays and poems about Dartmoor. One of his novels, Widecombe Fair, inspired by an annual fair at the village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor, provided the scenario for his comic play ‘The Farmer's Wife’. It went on to become a silent movie of the same name, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Phillpotts was a friend of Agatha Christie, who was an admirer of his work and a regular visitor to his home. Jorge Luis Borges was another admirer.

Provenance: Gift from the publisher’s with their stamp to title page.

Published the following year in the U.S. by Macmillan, New York.

References: Reilly, ’
Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers’ (1980), 1180.

Thick octavo (book size 19.3x12.8cm), pp. [6] [1 (xi)] [1] 13-287 [1] [64 (Publisher’s Autumn 1934 catalogue)]. In publisher’s black cloth, spine and front panel lettered in yellow-orange, all edges trimmed. Dust jacket priced ‘7/6 net’ to spine.
  Condition: Near fine, with the exception of minor fading to spine and a short split along the outer front hinge, and cracked inner hinge, in near fine dust jacket, creasing to lower portion of rear panel and closed tear, with light and unnecessary white colour touch up along vertical crease to spine   Ref: 110422   Price: HK$ 8,000