GRIFFITH, GEORGE. - Brothers of the Chain.
London, White 1900. Octavo publisher's grained cloth blocked in gilt and black. A rather good, bright copy of a book that usually hasn't aged gracefully. ¶ First edition, second issue with a cancel title; copies are known to exist with the title dated 1899, but not many. The colonial edition though is dated 1899. One of Griffith's baroque thrillers of particular interest to us in the Pacific. "In the triple-walled fastness of the Central Prison on Ile Nou, in New Caledonia there exists, so those who should know, say, the head centre of the most mysterious and the most terrible secret society in which men, or rather fiends in human form, ever bound themselves together." This is not from the novel but from Pearson's Weekly - Griffin building a buttress of supposed fact to support his fiction. The book itself leaps around the world, from Park Lane and Paris to the seas off north Australia and New Caledonia. Trove finds no copies much to my surprise. His non-fiction follow-up on the convicts of New Caledonia, In an Unknown Prison Land (1901), is well represented.AUD 325.00 [Appr.: EURO 230 US$ 248.37 | £UK 200.5 | JP¥ 27602] Book number 8415
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