Meet the Tiger

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Meet the Tiger, 1st edition 1931 (2nd printing) (Leslie Charteris)In the late 1920s Leslie Bowyer Yin became Leslie Charteris and started writing thrillers with various leading characters. The third, entitled Meet the Tiger, was published in 1928 and featured Simon Templar (alias The Saint) who met Patricia Holm in an English seaside resort and together they identified and overcame a mysterious criminal known as The Tiger. Although defective in many literary and plot-related ways, it nevertheless established The Saint as an enduring character, and Charteris discarded all the others in order to concentrate on enlarging upon Simon Templar's contribution to fighting mayhem with his own particular brand of mischief. Charteris later described this initial adventure as a poor effort and refused republication requests.

The jacket design was by Salomon van Abbé.

The jacket shown here is judged to be from the 2nd printing, issued in September 1931.

ReproJacket #7-B-1, size 189.4x457mm.
£15.00
Meet the Tiger, 1st edition 1931 (3rd printing) (Leslie Charteris)Issued in the same month as the 2nd, September 1931, the only change for the 3rd printing was to add an advertisement for the publisher's Windsor Magazine to the back flap.

The jacket design was by Salomon van Abbé.

ReproJacket #7-C-1, size 189.4x457mm.
£15.00
Meet The Tiger, 1st edn 1940 (9th printing) (Leslie Charteris)The artwork has been retouched in places, the text shadows now moved from right to left for some strange reason.  The slogan The first Saint novel is dropped from the front panel artwork -- it had remained as long as the 8th printing in May 1939.

Jacket illustration by Salomon van Abbé.

ReproJacket #7-I-1, size 189.4x457mm.
£15.00
Meet The Tiger, 1st edn 1945 (11th printing) (Leslie Charteris)The jacket shown here was from a 1945 reprint of the June 1928 first edition. The jacket remained essentially the same until around 1952 although the book's spine diminished by virtue of thinner paper stock. Consequently on printings after around 1941 the jacket spine is far too wide!

Jacket illustration by Salomon van Abbé.

ReproJacket #7-K-1, size 188.7x457mm.