£500 Reward by Derek Vane (Eldon Press, reprint 1935)
Eldon Press Limited, second impression February 1935
One of a number of crime novels written by Blanche Eaton-Back (c1856-1939)* under the pseudonym Derek Vane; others include ‘Who Goes There? (Eldon, 1933) and ‘Dancer’s End’ (Eldon, 1934).
Originally published in 1933, this copy being the 1935 second printing with new dustwrapper artwork by Chesney.
Hardback – publisher’s red/orange cloth with title in black to spine and front board, in a dustwrapper with price of 7/6 to front flap. pp 284,  publisher’s catalogue. Size: 7.5 x 5.25 inches approx. (190mm x 131mm).
Dustwrapper worn and rubbed, especially spine ends and corner tips with small loss; tears to top edge of rear panel; somewhat dusty and marked. Cloth clean and bright, light wear and sunning to spine ends and corner tips. Endpapers foxed and dusty; edges of page-block dusty and very foxed/spotted with some encroachment on to page margins.
Nonetheless, remains a reasonably nice, clean copy – attractive with its dustwrapper.
*refs. Blanche Eaton-Back – Bear Alley Books and Crime Fiction IV: A Comprehensive Bibliography by Allen J. Hubin