THE CROSSED GLOVES. Mason.

THE CROSSED GLOVES. New York: R. Harold Paget, 1911. Octavo, pp. [1-3] 4-20, original gray wrappers printed in black, sewn. First separate edition. Privately printed to secure copyright protection in America. This was one of the two copyright deposit copies, part of print run of a handful of copies, perhaps 20 or so. "The Crossed Gloves" is a "tragic romance set at an unspecified time during the Carlist Wars in nineteenth-century Spain. Dennis Shere, the son of a poor English family living in Ronda, has taken a commission in the Spanish Calvary and become a Spanish citizen, in order to win the hand of Christina Silvela, a wealthy heiress with whom he is in love. On his ride to Olvera to deliver orders to his commandant, he stops at the Silvela estate and quickly realizes that Christina and her brother, Esteban, are Carlists who have an engineered a plot to steal the sealed orders he is carrying. Shere correctly surmises that the way Christina crosses or uncrosses her gloves on a table in the middle of the room is a signal to Esteban as to whether or not she has been able to secure the orders Shere is carrying. When Christina's back is turned, Shere uncrosses the gloves, an act that inadvertently leads to him being viciously attacked and having his back broken while he rides to Olvera. Christina decides to take the sealed orders to Shere's commandant rather than let her brother destroy them. The orders end up being a routine troop recall of no significance at all. Nicely told." - Boyd White. This story was collected in ENSIGN KNIGHTLEY, AND OTHER STORIES (London: Constable, 1901). A fine copy. No copies located by OCLC or COPAC. The other DLC deposit copy is lost. Rare. (#164410).

Price: $250.00

See more items by
Printing identification statement for this book:
No statement of printing.