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The Autobiography of a Crook. From Material supplied by Netley Lucas.
New York, Lincoln MacVeagh, The Dial Press, 1925 - Octavo, original terracotta quarter cloth on patterned boards, title gilt to the spine, brown top-stain. In the dust jacket. Very light toning, else an excellent copy in the extremely uncommon typographical jacket. First US edition, from the UK sheets with a cancel title, issued in the Dial's Rogue's Library series. Ghosted autobiography of the fraudster and conman Netley Lucas. Lucas was expelled from school at 14 for stealing and forging his housemaster's signature; imprisoned in Brixton at 17 for obtaining money under false pretences; in the early 20s he cut a swathe of fraud across southern England in the guise of Capt. Lucas R. N. and the Hon. Netley Lucas; and in 1928 achieved notoriety on the other side of the Atlantic as the consort of 'Chicago May' Churchill. Lucas made a tidy living publishing articles, many of them directly plagiarized, on crime and low-life in a wide-range of periodicals, and for a few years caused a sensation with his pseudonymously published, and largely plagiarized "authorized" lives of Queen Mary, the Prince of Wales, and the Pope. He was finally caught out having sold the rights to a copied life of George V to Macmillan, and was sentenced to 18 months hard labour. He died, aged 37, in 1940. A superb copy of this "Stirring human document Villainy, sentimentalism, pluck, dishonor, all mixed together" (jacket blurb). [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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