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Believe It Or Not! A Modern Book of Wonders, Miracles, Freaks, Monstrosities and almost-Impossibilities, Written, Illustrated and Proved by Robert L. Ripley, or Rip'.
London Stanley Paul & Co. () Ltd. 1929 1928 - "Truth is Stranger than Fiction" Rare First London Edition in Dust Jacket RIPLEY, Robert L. Believe It Or Not! A Modern Book of Wonders, Miracles, Freaks, Monstrosities and almost-Impossibilities, Written, Illustrated and Proved by Robert L. Ripley, or Rip'. London: Stanley Paul & Co. (1928) Ltd., [1929]. First London edition, first printing with no mention of later printing on verso of title-page. Octavo (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; 216 x 140 mm). [4], 9-189 pp. Complete. In publisher's dust jacket. This edition is very rare. We could find no copies of this London edition at auction in the past 50 years and only one copy at a library. Publisher's full green cloth. Front board and spine lettered in red ink. Previous ownership inscription dated Nov. 1929 on front free endpaper. In publisher's pictorial dust jacket. Jacket a bit toned and lightly rubbed at folds. A few tiny closed tears along edges of back panel. Overall an about fine copy. "Ripley, Robert LeRoy (26 Dec. 1893-27 May 1949), cartoonist and creator of the newspaper feature "Believe-It-or-Not,". in 1923, Ripley started drawing the feature for the Evening Post. In 1929 a book-length selection of his drawings and sketches published by Simon and Schuster was so quickly and widely a bestseller that William Randolph Hearst directed his King Features Syndicate to immediately sign up Ripley for national distribution. Ripley began, as he said, "drawing real oddities from the whole world.Ripley's syndicated cartoon feature was published in 326 papers, in thirty-eight countries, and in seventeen languages. By the late 1930s he had a net annual income of $500,000." (American Dictionary of National Biography). HBS 67859. $1,500 [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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