Routledge, 1948, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Fair Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket, First Edition
Translated from the French by Geoffrey Sainsbury; In the 1890s the Congo Basin was opened up to the European. Its wealth in rubber, oils and ebony was exploited by those who were strong enough to rough it in the tropical jungle. The brothers Ferchaux were among the pioneers. In thirty or forty years they amassed a fortune, but their methods were often those of the jungle. Nemesis came upon them in the shape of a second-class Colonial official, who, to bolster up his own importance, dug up damning incidents from their past and exposed them to the law. Dieudonne Ferchaux begins by fighting back and engages a young down-and-out as his secretary. The story then revolves around these two characters: the ageing giant of commerce, now a hunted man, and the ambitious secretary, who, envying the riches and power of his master, means to step into his shoes. This is the first UK edition. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. 279 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Dust Jacket has chunks missing at spine ends with wear & tears at edges, but is otherwise intact, with both flaps. Dust Jacket un-clipped. Gilt titles spine. Light bumping to outer corners. black cloth. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Crime Fiction; Crime Fiction. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3138.