THE GOLDEN SCORPION. New York: Robert M. McBride & Company, 1920. Octavo, pp. [1-4] [i-iv] v [vi] vii [viii] [1-3] 4-308 [309-312: blank] [note: first two and last two leaves are blanks], three inserted plates, original pictorial wrappers. Advance reading copy of the first U.S. edition. The Second Gaston Max novel. A story of Chinatown linked with THE YELLOW CLAW (1915) and the Fu Manchu series, this novel focuses on the activities of Fu Manchu's temporary successor in the Council of Seven while the notorious doctor is recovering from a bullet wound to the head. Fu Manchu appears in the story, but is not named. Bleiler (1978), p. 169. Reginald 12378. Day, p. 9. Spine lean, tiny chips from spine panel at upper and lower left and right corners, chips at bottom affecting part of the "M" and just touching two other letters of the publisher's imprint, a bright, near fine copy. A stunning copy of a rare issue of this book. In a custom blue cloth clamshell box with leather spine label. (#147958).
"PUBLISHED, MARCH, 1920" on copyright page.