THE EYE OF ABU. By Alan Dare [pseudonym]. London: Herbert Jenkins, . Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-312 [313-320: publisher ads], original light gray pictorial cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black. First edition. "An adventure thriller, with a lost race atmosphere, about a quest for the elixir of life, with strong elements of the occult: crystal gazing, mesmerism, Atlantis, an electric shock cane. The inscrutable Oriental villain, Dr. Phenuit, seeks a golden lozenge (the eye of Abu) on which is written the secret formula for the elixir of life, handed down by survivors of Atlantis (along with all their other advanced culture) to the Mayans. Only Maxine, daughter of the scientist who found it -- and swallowed it when it was about to fall into the wrong hands -- knows where her father, and the lozenge, are buried. The story moves from London to Brazil to the Yucatan and culminates there in a network of natural and man-made underground passages. Phenuit looks as if he has succeeded in his quest, despite the intervention of Bob, Maxine's English knight errant. Phenuit finds the lozenge, prepares and swallows the rejuvenating elixir and is well on his way to mesmerizing Maxine into becoming his consort, when Katinka, the jealous Russian countess, dispatches the villain. ('You know nothing of love, you English.') A parade of clichés, typical of the offerings of this publisher of popular fiction between the World Wars; but, like so much else of what was once common and despised, this is now uncommon and sought-after by genre aficionados." - Robert Eldridge. Bleiler (1978), p. 56. Reginald 37799 (citing a 1934 George Newnes edition). Some offsetting on the free endpapers (from the acidity of the adhesive underneath the fixed endpapers -- a defect common to all copies), top edge of text block a little dusty, a touch of foxing to the fore-edge of last few leaves, a fine bright copy, very unusual in this condition. (#100006).
"First Printing 1927" on verso of title page.