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Original deep maroon cloth, lettered in gilt on spine. Lightly scuffed, front inner joint paper cracked (but joint tight), foxing spots, undated signature, good. The Fantomas Detective Novels were hugely popular crime stories, published in France in the early C20th. Fantomas is a vicious master-criminal (a thief, but also a killer), pursued by his nemesis, Inspector Juve, through some 32 novels by the Souvestre and Allain. And then in a further 11 by Allain alone (of which this title is one), after his collaborator's death). English editions are uncommon.