His Secret Wife or A Crown of Thorns. Monroe Burt Harrison.
His Secret Wife or A Crown of Thorns

His Secret Wife or A Crown of Thorns

New York: Wolfer Printing & Publishing Co., 1911. 108 (of 109) volumes; 1249,1283-3488pp. Lacks No. 40. Original illustrated wrappers. No 1. with rather heavy soil,
some substantial loss from wrappers; No. 109 with some creasing and substantial wear to rear wrapper. Some mild dust soiling and occasionally fragile outer wrappers, but generally sound. About very good. Item #1777

A near complete run of this massive and virtually unknown serialized romance dime novel following the story of a
young woman named Irene who is forced from her family home by a wicked Stepmother when her father suddenly dies. Destitute, she begins working in a factory where she is wooed by and quickly marries a young man named Rudolph Walden who is secretly a Prince of England. Highly dramatic and sultry, a typical passage from the first volume reads:

"They were lost in their emotion. Irene did not notice how her lover led her away to the cozy bower of one of the small parks. He spoke of nothing but their love and she melted under his passionate kisses. His words grew more vehement, his passion knew no bounds. Devotedly she suffered his caresses and innocently returned them until his passion seemed to overwhelm them both."

We note only one institutional record for what appears to be this work under the imprint of the Coast Premium and Publishing Co. of Los Angeles, held by the California State Library. The interior copyright pages of each number here name The Wolfer Printing and Publishing Co. of New York, and advertisements on the rear wrappers of most issues tout offerings from Barclay and Co. of Cincinnati, likely local distributors. We also note one other serial attributed to Harrison in OCLC, titled "The Unpardonable Sin", published by the Nielen Co. of Cincinnati in 1921 (a company possibly connected to the Barclay firm found here). An early pulp romance serial whose survival in this nearly complete group stands as a minor miracle.

Price: $1,250.00

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