London: Ward, Lock, 1927. First Edition of the author’s first book. Presentation copy; inscribed by the author with a drawing of a hanged stick figure, a sketch he clearly adapted to his later creation, Simon Templar, The Saint. Inscribed “To Mother/ HIC LIBER AD LYDIAM/ PERTINET-/SI QUIS FURETUR/ PER COLLUM SUSPENDETUR/IN/HIC/MODO..BY ORDER: Yours. Leslie Charteris [arrow] Preserve this autograph -it may be valuable some day...(£.s.d......!). Twenty-second March 1927.” Some foxing; very good in a custom quarter leather slipcase (very minor wear) with chemise.