Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1936. First Edition. Hardcover. 1st edition of the 2nd Mr. Moto. Near fine in a very good dustjacket with the blue a bit faded on the spine, and a 1/2” triangular chip to the bottom edge of the rear panel. Even without a jacket, this book is rarer than gossip about an absent person’s virtues. ABPC lists just 2 copies sold at auction since 1975, 1 in a repaired jacket and 1 in a worn jacket with a horribly scarred front endpaper. A third copy, unlisted by ABPC, in a tape repaired jacket sold for $6,562.50 (HA, lot 45744, Oct. 16, 2020). Near fine / very good. Item #731
“Cynical American expatriate Tom Nelson has gone native in the fabled ancient city of Peking. He is stirred out of his complacency when he is caught up in events involving a ruthless Chinese Warlord from the north, the expansionist Japanese Empire, stolen Chinese art masterpieces, and Eleanor Joyce, a lovely American on a secret mission. Add to this mix the implacable, ever polite Mr. Moto. Will Tom Nelson find his way out of all this? Marquand’s portrayal of mood and atmosphere in Peking is superb.” –James S. Koga.