Biggers, Earl Derr
THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY. NEW YORK: GROSSET & DUNLAP, 1925
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Biggers, Earl Derr
THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY. NEW YORK: GROSSET & DUNLAP, 1925
Estimate
7,00010,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
JUMP TO LOT

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The Maurice Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part III)

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Biggers, Earl Derr
THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY. NEW YORK: GROSSET & DUNLAP, 1925
8vo. Original black-stamped red cloth; some wear and fading, minor marginal spotting to a few leaves. Original illustrated dust jacket; some very minor creasing to lower corner of front panel. With a snapshot photo of Chang Apana laid in.
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Catalogue Note

inscribed by biggers to the original detective inspiration for Charlie Chan: "To Chang Apana honest number one detective all same Charlie Chan with my kindest wishes. Earl Der Biggers Honolulu July 30, 1931."

Chang Apana was a longtime Hawaiian detective of Chinese descent, who worked Honolulu's Chinatown and among the islands' poorest immigrant workers.  During his 24-year-long career, his detective exploits became legendary, not least because he was the only Chinese on the police force. He cleared opium dens with only his bullwhip, was a master of disguise, and solved crimes from robbery to murder quickly and often unconventionally. He was also adept at catching lepers, a crucial service given the epidemic the island suffered through.

Biggers first read about Chang in newspapers and based what he thought would be a minor character on the detective in 1924. The two did not meet until 1928, but Biggers eventually featured the Chan character in some half dozen novels and screen adaptations that became some of the most popular crime films of the 1930s.

The Maurice Neville Collection of Modern Literature (Part III)

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New York