Vance | Louis Joseph

The Lone Wolf Returns

First Edition | First Printing



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First edition, first printing of The Lone Wolf Returns by Louis Joseph Vance, in the publisher’s scarce dust jacket.

Octavo, 367pp. Gray cloth, title in gilt on front cover and spine. No additional printings listed. Solid text block, light wear to head and tail of spine, faint toning to hinges. In the publisher’s scarce dust jacket, price clipped, with a few small losses along top edge. One closed tear along rear hinge flap, touch of sunning to spine, archival tape repair on verso at head of spine. Both panels retain vibrant illustrations of the titular “Lone Wolf.” (Steinbrunner & Penzler 250) A scarce work in jacket.

The Lone Wolf series tells the story of Michael Lanyard, a fictional jewel thief turned private detective. The Lone Wolf Returns was adapted into a silent film numerous times after its publication; the first starring Bert Lytell in 1926 and another starring Malvyn Douglas in 1935. Other titles in this series include The Lone Wolf (1914), The False Faces (1918), Alias The Lone Wolf (1921), Red Masquerade (1921), The Lone Wolf’s Son (1931), Encore (1933), and The Lone Wolf’s Last Prowl (1934).

Additional information

Location Published

New York


E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc.


First Edition, First Printing

Date Published





Near Fine

Jacket Condition

Very Good


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