London: Robert Hale Limited, 1956. First English language edition. Hardcover. 190pp. Duodecimo [19 cm] Black paper covered boards with a gilt stamped title on the spine. Very good. The spine is cocked, and the covers are just a tiny bit warped. The spine ends and corners of the covers are gently bumped. Light foxing to the text block edges. Tanned pages. The book is sturdy. With a dust jacket in very good condition. Just a little rubbed, soiled and age-toned. The edges are lightly chipped and have multiple small closed tears. The longest closed tear is 1 inch long. Item #35173
Treverton 205, Recknagel 439, Hagemann 117. Traven is one of the most mysterious figures of 20th-century literature. His true identity is still subject to much doubt. Although Traven claimed to be an American, his most famous works were first published in Germany during the 1920s and 1930s. Nothing definitive is known about Traven's beginnings. Never the less, Traven's novels have been translated into more than 30 languages and they have sold more than 25 million copies.