LODER, Vernon (one of John George Hazlette Vahey’ s pseudonyms)

Title Choose Your Weapon. The Albatross Crime Club. Volume 417.
Publisher Leipzig, Paris, Bologna The Albatross
Date 1938
Book ID 37954
First Edition  


Scarce publication. Original printed wrappers and dust-wrapper. 252 pp.. Printed in the Obral Process and binding by Oscar Brandstetter, Leipzig, paper made at the Bautzen paper-mill. With explanation to colour scheme to rear d.w. flap. Generally a fair to good copy. Clean and tight, no loss, unmarked. Body of book detaching neatly from spine but no loss. Some insect damage to half title. Vernon Loder (1881-1938) was a pseudonym for John George Hazlette Vahey, an Anglo-Irish writer who also wrote as Henrietta Clandon, John Haslette, Anthony Lang, John Mowbray, Walter Proudfoot and George Varney. The Albatross publishing house had a remarkable history in the 1930s (with links to Tauchnitz). These colour-coded paperbacks with their albatross symbol influenced Allen Lane in the design of Penguin Books. The name Albatross was chosen as it was similar in many languages. See “Strange Bird” Michele K Troy, 2017.
Price: £20.00

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