The Return of A. J. Raffles - Signed - Graham Greene 1975 - The Bodley Head, London Sydney Toronto - First and Limited Edition number 232 of 250 copies A fine and signed limited edition of Greene’s play produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, which has as its chief character A. J. Raffles, the literary creation some seventy odd years ago of E. W. Hornung. The cool daring of the impeccable Amateur Cracksman, always torn between the rival claims of burglary and cricket, ensured his popularity in Edwardian England. Evading the dogged pursuit of Inspector Mackenzie of Scotland Yard, Hornung's character eventually met a hero's death in South Africa in the Boer War.

The Return of A. J. Raffles begins some months after. Raffles' loyal assistant Bunny still mourns his friend's death in Raffles' chambers in Albany, despite the blandishments of Lord Alfred Douglas. A visitor forces his way in - Raffles has cheated death as he once cheated Inspector Mackenzie - and immediately Lord Alfred sees in the Amateur Cracksman and Bunny heaven-sent instruments to revenge and disgrace of Oscar Wilde on his odious father, the Marquess of Queensberry...’ [Penguin Classics]
  (Book size 19x12cm), pp. [2] 80. In publisher’s terracotta paper covered boards, spine lettered in gilt, top edge tinted orange, cream endpapers. Dust jacket without price as issued.   Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket with the exception of a small closed tear to the tail of spine.   Ref: 109979   Price: HK$ 3,000