The House of Peril by Mrs Belloc Lowndes (Readers Library, 1935) The Chink in the Armour
The House of Peril
Mrs Belloc Lowndes
London: The Readers Library Publishing Company Ltd, *
The Readers Library published affordable editions of popular fiction in the period 1924-35, cheaply produced but very attractive with their wrap-round dustwrapper artwork.
Mrs [Marie] Belloc Lowndes (1868-1947), a prolific and popular author perhaps best known for “The Lodger” (Methuen, 1913) which was later made into a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock (Gainsborough Pictures, 1926).
This tale of gambling, murder and romance was originally serialised in the Daily Telegraph (1911) with the title ‘The Chink in the Armour’ before being published as a book by Methuen & Co. (1912). The story was later adapted as a play (1919) under the title ‘The House of Peril’, then being produced as a film directed by Kenelm Foss and starring Fay Compton (Astra Film, 1922).
Hardback. Publisher’s green cloth with gilt title to spine and gilt rules and device to front board. In a dustwrapper with list of titles to verso. 252pp. Size: 6.75 x 4.5 inches approx. (171mm x 115mm).
Dustwrapper with light wear and rubbing to extremities; a little dusty/grubby, especially to spine; age-toning. Light shelf wear to spine and boards; gilt dulled and cloth faded to spine. Pages age-toned/tanned throughout but generally clean.
Overall, light wear but otherwise a nicely preserved copy – quite lovely.
[Stock Code DBZ1669]
*ref. British Library
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