London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1929. FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp.405 + . advertisements. Elegantly hand-bound in half green oasis morocco leather, spine gilt-lettered in six compartments with raised bands, cloth sides. Faint edge-spotting else a fine copy in an attractive recent leather binding. A dramatic series of adventures which take place against the backdrop of a small South American Republic that has fallen under the spell of a ruthless Dictator. The fifth novel to feature Buchan's most enduring character, the adventurous government agent (Sir) Richard Hannay. In this episode, attention shifts to Sandy Arbuthnot, Hannay's old ally who previously appeared in the 'The Thirty Nine Steps' and 'Greenmantle'. Buchan's famous adventurer was one of the fore-runners to James Bond; [author Ian Fleming] "was certainly influenced by no-nonsense British fictional characters such as Richard Hannay" [Gilbert, p.616]. Item #42657
Blanchard. See also Haining; Crime Fiction p193-4.