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The Knave of Diamonds

Ethel M[ary] Dell

This dust jacket is known only from the panel pasted by Blampied into his personal album of dust jackets. A book with a dust jacket has not been seen but as two other novels by Dell were reissued in 1921 in Unwin's 2/6 Novels series, all with a similar design and lettering probably by Blampied, it is presumed to be published in the same year. By 1925 the novel had a dust jacket designed by Squire, so it wasn't used for long.

The novel is by Ethel M. Dell (1881-1939) a very successful and popular writer of romantic melodramas. She married an Army Officer in 1922 to become Ethel Mary Savage, bought a large house near Guildford, and became reclusive (see The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction, 2002). She died of cancer aged 58.

Cheap edition

Bibliography code: TFU-21.3

Publisher: T. Fisher Unwin

Series: Unwin's 2/6 Novels

Year: 1921

Format: 8vo

Pages: not seen

Binding: not seen

Size: not seen

Dust jacket: signed Blam, lower right

Internal illustrations: none

Price: 2 shillings 6 pence

Printing history: not known

Printed by: not known

Notes: The lettering and layout is similar to editions of two other novels by Ethel M. Dell, The Way of an Eagle and The Rocks of Valpré

Image of dust jacket

Panel of dust jacket from Blampied's album (click to enlarge)