New York: United Feature Syndicate, 1934. First Edition. 4to.  leaves. 17 plates illustrated by Gustave Dore; facsimiles. Card of Monte Bourjaily, Editor and General Manager of United Feature Syndicate, clipped to ffep with manuscript note 'With appreciation of/your support on an/historic occasion.' Black pebbled leatherette with gilt lettering on front cover with "W.A. Rupp/The Aberdeen World' lettered in gilt on lower front board. Minor wear to extremities else a fine copy of the uncommon pre-publication copy sent to various newspapers for subsequent publication. Item #20101
One of an unknown number issued by syndicator and sent to newspapers for simultaneous publication in installments, May 5-20, 1934. Each chapter forms an installment, each with full page illustration by Gustave Dore. At the top of the first page of each installment is the following: "Release... [date] ...FIRST PUBLICATION ANYWHERE IN WORLD - This copy must be held strictly confidential and must not be published in whole or in part or quoted in any way prior to fixed date of release. ONE TIME PUBLICATION ONLY - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED..." (Gimbel B196).