THE CRUISE OF THE PELICAN
London: Hurst & Blackett, no date . Presumed first edition, variant. 16mo, red cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. pp (6), (11) - (278), (4, ads), . Ads on verso of front free endpaper. Made with free endpapes. Spine lightly sunned with gilt oxidized; light yellowing to page edges and endpapers; light foxing to endpapers; else a VG+ clean, tight and unworn jacketless copy, no owner names. The present title is not mentioned in the ads, which list four Bedford-Jones books published by Hurst & Blackett in 1923 & 1924. Issued in a small, cheap 2/- format. No US edition. (ref: Ruber, King of the Pulps). AMICUS locates a single copy (LAC), though U of Toronto now has one. An adventure novel about a small town newspaper man near Chicago who chucks it all and goes to sea, to the Aleutian Islands, to rescue his sweetheart's father. Evils Japs. Kanakas (Pacific Islanders) and sunken treasure figure in the story. Scarce novel by the Canadian-born (Napanee, ON) "King of the Pulps".