THE ARMS OF THE SUN. London: Duckworth & Co., . Octavo, pp. [1-10] 11-284 [285-288: blank] [note: first two and last two leaves are blanks used as front and rear free endpapers and paste-downs], original red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black, publisher's monogram stamped in blind on rear panel. First edition, probable later binding. Lost race thriller concerning the hidden city of "Krao" in Central Africa which has slept for hundreds of years. In their stronghold the ruling class, descended from ancient Chaldeans, have laid careful plans for world conquest. Their scientists have bred a race of zombie-like ape-men (newborn monkeys are injected with human blood mixed with certain chemicals) and created a sophisticated plague bacilli (which brings quick death, spreads rapidly, and loses it potency within 30 minutes). With their bacilli perfected and their army of 750,000 synthetic men, hidden underground in hollowed-out mountains, their leader, M'Bon (a Fu-Manchu-like character) is making final preparations to launch his war of world conquest. M'Bon wishes to marry an English woman and make her the white queen of his empire, and this proves to be his undoing ... despite his electric stun gun. One of the more imaginative lost race novels of the period. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, pp. 157-58. Bleiler (1978), p. 140. Reginald 10152. A clean, nearly fine copy. A scarce book. (#148838).
"First Published in 1924" on copyright page.