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Los Angeles: Hicks Publishing Company, 1933.. Octavo, pp. [i-x] xi-xiii [xiv] xv-xvi [xvii-xviii] xix-xxiii [xxiv-xxvi] 27-127 [128], inserted frontispiece (photographic portrait of author), original blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold. First edition. Presentation copy with signed inscription by Rodgers. Curiously, the gatherings are riveted together rather than sewn. "The story is as curious as the binding. 'Thumbs' Martin, a gangster with huge thumbs, wrongfully convicted of murder, jumps out of a fourth-floor courtroom window, survives the fall, and, in his hospital bed, recalls his past lives, going back to Atlantis, prehistoric times, Egypt, Rome, inquisition Spain, etc., each time fulfilling a curse inflicted on him during his days as an Atlantean necromancer, with each life dominated by Masonic connections. Back in his hospital bed, he gets the idea to have his thumbs amputated so he won't be recognized in the afterlife. As a result of his visions he discovers the true murderer in his case; he is released, but during a subsequent bank robbery he is shot when he refuses to fire on the teller (a brother Mason, according to a pin he's wearing) -- though he cannot reveal his own Masonic identity since, thumbless, he can no longer perform the secret Masonic handshake. But, as he expires, he senses that he may have won the heart of the girl he loves. A loony American fantasy, 'a wail from the bottom of the literary ladder,' in the author's own words. Included in the book are two testimonials from fellow Masons, testifying to the author's courage as an invalid." - Robert Eldridge. Teitler (2013) 1048. Bleiler (1978), p. 169. Reginald 12350. Damp stain along fore-edges of front and rear cover, else a very good copy in a worn and taped printed dust jacket. A scarce book, with just one OCLC holding (OSU). This copy is from the Stuart Teitler collection of lost race fiction. (#150940)
      [Bookseller: L. W. Currey, Inc. ]
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