THE APE MAN. London: The Modern Publishing Company, 6 Farringdon Avenue, n.d. [1935?]. Octavo, pp. [1-112] (not paginated) [note: first and last leaves used as front and rear paste-downs], original red boards, spine stamped in black. First edition. Bamba, an intelligent trained gorilla performing in London music halls, is given the power of speech by a brilliant British scientist. He escapes his handlers and lives in England disguised as a man. Ultimately Bamba returns to Africa to live in the jungle with his gorilla family. In the tradition of King Kong (which probably inspired this tale). Angenot and Khouri, "An International Bibliography of Prehistoric Fiction," SFS, VIII (March 1981), 52 (not located). Reginald 07926. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Hubin (1994). p. 446. Printed on pulp paper that is a bit tanned but not brittle. Inner rear hinge partly cracked, a very good copy in near fine four-color pictorial dust jacket with light wear at spine ends and corner tips and some dust soiling to spine and rear panels. Number 754 of an unspecified series of two-shilling books published by The Modern Publishing Company, all of which are very scarce today and held by few or no institutional libraries. (#130333).
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