[London:] Hodder and Stoughton, (1929). 8 pp undated ads. Original light blue cloth, with dust jacket.
First British Edition, published about a month after the American one. This is a fantastical military tale sited in the imaginary South American domain of "Olifa" (of which a map occupies the front endpaper). Though sited in South America, the book owes much to Buchan's knowledge of Africa: the terrain is very reminiscent of the Transvaal, plus the "Gobernador's" collaring of the republic's mineral wealth is reminiscent of the Belgians in the Congo. The tale's "Prologue" is by Richard Hannay (hero of THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS and other Buchan mysteries), but he disappears thereafter. Buchan's hero is Sandy Arbuthnot, who leads a guerilla insurrection against the corrupt powers-that-be.~This volume is in fine condition; the colorful pictorial dust jacket is very good-plus (close to fine except for a crease/closed-tear at the top of the front panel). For some reason we find this title to be curiously uncommon among Buchan's works, especially in decent condition. Blanchard A81. Item #14171