A fine example of the first American edition of a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone title. The Riddle of the Sands contains a wealth of nautical information and a wonderfully evocative sense of the sea & landscape traversed; Erskine Childers maintains a sense of pace and excitement that has thrilled readers ever since publication, defining it as landmark title of the 20th century, comparable with Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915) in its significance both as an espionage thriller and an example of the “invasion” literature of the Edwardian period. The book was also in 1979 turned into a film, starring Michael York and Simon MacCorkindale.
First American edition, first impression; 8vo; folding frontispiece map, 3 further maps & charts, subtle paper reinforcements to hinges, otherwise internally very good; publisher’s pale grey blind-tooled cloth lettered in white, an attractive sharp copy.
Stock ID: 99047