THE NINE BEARS, Edgar Wallace, British “railway edition”

Beginning in 1929 and throughout the ’30s, London-based Ward, Lock & Co. published a series of paperbound novels that were slightly larger than digests but smaller than magazines. These pulp-paper “railway editions” (so named because they were sold mostly in train stations to commuters) were time-killers by such popular authors as E. Phillips Oppenheim, H. C. “Sapper” McNeile, and above all Edgar Wallace. For cover art they reused dust-jacket illustrations created for Ward, Lock’s hardcover editions of the same titles. Railway editions still turn up regularly in the U.K. but are extremely rare in America, for obvious reasons. Just like our pulps, they were cheaply priced (sixpence, about 15 cents here) and designed to be thrown away after reading. This one reprints Wallace’s The Nine Bears, published here as Silinski, Master Criminal. Condition: VG Plus. Very minor wear and soiling to paper covers, minor yellowing to supple text block.

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Price: $15.00