The Free Fishers - John Buchan 1934 - Hodder Stoughton, London - First Edition A fine first edition of Buchan’s last work of historical fiction, set in the Regency period, during the Napoleonic Wars.

Set in the bleak Yorkshire hamlet of Hungrygrain, this is a stirring tale of treason and romance. Anthony Lammas, minister and Professor of Logic at St Andrews University finds himself entangled in a web of intrigue that threatens the country. His boyhood allegiance to a brotherhood of deep-sea fishermen involves him and his handsome ex-pupil with a beautiful but dangerous woman.

‘Crammed with the right ingredients : fishermen, hills, boats, hard-riding Scots, and intrigue in high aces’ –
The Spectator, July 1934.
  John Buchan (1875-1940) was born in Perth, Scotland and educated at Oxford where he published five books and won several awards, including one for poetry. He went on to be a barrister, a member of parliament, a soldier, a publisher, a historical biographer, and - in 1935 - he became the Governor-General of Canada. Today he is best remembered as the author of his perennially popular adventure novels.

Provenance: Small neat owner’s name to front endpaper.

Octavo pp. 320. In publisher’s smooth lightly mottled green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, with publisher’s name in gilt to tail, and gilt initials to front board. Dust jacket priced ‘7/6 NET’ to spine.
  Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket with moderate toning to spine, and three thin pieces of unnecessary tape to rear panel spine ends and one corner.   Ref: 109546   Price: HK$ 4,000