Grant Richards Ltd. Publishers, London, 1911. Pictorial Board Hardback. Book Condition: Good. R. Caton Woodville (illustrator). 1st Edition. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. BOOK DESCRIPTION : 1911, 1st Edition; blue cloth with pictorial front cover and spine; 294 pages with 22 b/w page illustrations by Caton Woodville (all present); in Good Condition.
John Mackie was a very popular adventure story writer whose own credentials and character lent realism to his novels. He started writing after his experiences of being an Australian Jackaroo, a Canadian Mounted Policeman, a soldier in the South African war, and an explorer of far-flung reaches of the globe. In a quest for gold in the Northern territories of Australia, Smith has been reported missing, captured and held hostage by a merciless indigenous queen whose power is dreaded by even the aborigines. Smith's friend the General proposes an expedition to rescue him from an almost certain death. He rallies the services of a diplomatic doctor, his dare-devil son, a classics tutor, and Parker, a many-sided servant who is a dab hand at cricket.
BOOK CONDITION : Good : slight bumping to cloth at head and foot; minor denting of corners; some wear to cloth along edges and more especially lower left edge of spine; several marks to right side of back cover; slight wear to cloth at spine but picture and all gilded text clear; only very minor rubbing to front cover whose picture is very well preserved; slight forward lean; mild toning to pages but no signs of any foxing; binding appears secure and sound; front blank free endpaper has a set of 8 National War Savings (WWI) stamps attached and below these the top layer of the paper to the page has been peeled away. Bookseller Inventory 001296