1920 copyright; A.L. Burt Company publishers, New York; hardbound; very good condition with unmarked pages except for light cursive name and address inside, 1st blank page; no dust jacket.
"Being a somwhat detailed account of the amazing adventures of Nayland Smith in his trailing of the sinister Chinaman."
Fu Manchu, the master of a secret underground criminal society (Si–Fan, or The Council of Seven) bent on bringing down Western Imperialism and particularly the British government, was the archetype for evil genius and mad scientist. Beyond Rohmer’s 13 books, Fu has been the title character in 15 or so films (the first in 1923), series for radio (the first in 1927) and television (1956), comic strips (since 1931), comic books (beginning in Detective Comics number 17, July 1938, 10 issues before the first appearance of Batman), rock bands and songs, and his image became so recognizable that his name was attached a moustache still know as the Fu Manchu. Rohmer borrowed the base elements of the criminal mastermind concept from Dumas’ Cagliostro (1849), Conan Doyle’s Professor Moriarty in the Sherlock Holmes stories (1892) and from L.T. Meade's Madame Koluchy in The Brotherhood of the Seven Kings (1899), but with Fu Manchu the model was perfected and has hardly been improved upon in comics (Lex Luthor in Superman) or novels (Ernst Blofeld in James Bond).