The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu

1 March 2006


The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu.  London: Methuen, June 26, 1913.
        First edition, England: Red cloth and gilt.
Rohmer gave a first edition to his agent which was signed, "From, Sax Rohmer, with all good wishes, October 1913." The agent added a  printed label on the front flyleaf which reads: "Please address all communications respecting this manuscript to - ROBERT SOMMERVILE - Literary & Press Agent, Granville House, Arundel St. Strand, London, W.C. "

This copy was last offered for sale in 2005 at $10,000.00. by James Pepper Rare Books, Inc.


     Second Printing: August, 1913
          Red cloth with gilt lettering.
     Third Printing:
     Fourth Printing: 1915 Tan Cloth
           Gilt Titling
     Fifth Printing:
     Sixth Printing: 1919. Black lettering
          on red boards
     Seventh Printing: 1919 Black lettering
          on red boards.
     Eighth Printing:
     Ninth Printing: 1922
         
Red cloth with titles stamped in
          black on spine and front board.
     Tenth Printing: 1922  Black cloth
          with green lettering
     Eleventh Printing: 1923
         
Red cloth with titles stamped in
          black on spine and front board.
     Twelfth Printing:
     Thirteenth Printing:
     Fourteenth Printing:
     Fifteenth Printing:
     Sixteenth Printing: Blue cloth with black
           lettering.
     Seventeenth Printing:
          Black cloth with titles stamped in
          green

 


autographed 17th edition
     

From the collection of R. E. Briney

 

 

 

 

 


17th edition

      Eighteenth Printing: 1932
         
Blue cloth stamped with titles in
          black on spine and border
     Nineteenth Printing: 1938 Blue cloth
        
 cover with black letters
     Twentieth Printing: 1955 (Crown 8vo,
          Cheap Form). Blue cloth, gilt
        
 stamped
 
 

The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu. New York: McBride, Nast, September, 1913.
First  edition, USA.

     Second Printing: September, 1913
     Third Printing: October, 1913
     Fourth Printing: September, 1917
     Fifth Printing: January, 1920


The Insidious Dr.Fu-Manchu. Toronto: McClelland & Goodchild, 1913.
First edition, Canada. (Olive cloth)

     Second printing, 1913 


The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu. New York: A. L. Burt, n.d. [1918, 1935].
 
     Reprinted from the McBride plates.

 "We dare you to read the first 3 pages!"

     Burt  also issued a "photoplay" edition with a photo tipped-in showing Warner Oland  as Fu Manchu from Paramount's 1929 The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu.

From the collection of Lawrence Knapp

  

The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu.  New York: McKinlay, Stone & Mackenzie, n.d. [1923].
Reprinted from the McBride plates.
Further information on McKinlay, Stone & Mackenzie.

 

The Book of Fu-Manchu. London: Hurst & Blackett, 1929.

Three novel British omnibus edition containing The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu, The Devil Doctor, and The Si-Fan Mysteries.


The Book of Fu-Manchu. New York: McBride, 1929.

Four novel American omnibus edition containing The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu, The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, and The Golden Scorpion.


  
The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu
. Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin Books Limited, 1938. #157

This was an early paperback. It was also released as a paperback with a dust wrapper.
  


The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu.   
     New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1938.
     Reprinted from the McBride plates
     using the Chinese-style ideogram from 
     the first edition of Return of Fu Manchu
     (1916) later used on the McKinlay,
     Stone & Mackenzie uniform editions 
    (1923). 

  


The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu.  The Ferret Library. New York: A. L. Burt, nd.  Bennet Cerf, ed.
  


The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu.
New York: Novel Selections, Inc., [1941]. Thriller Novel CLASSICS #4

Additional information on the Thriller Novel Classics.

From the collection of Lawrence Knapp
 


The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu. London: Guild, 1953. No. 467, 192 pages. Paperback printed by Methuen.
  


The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu. London: World Distributors Ltd., 1960. #M905. Text set in 9 pt. Caledonia.
 

From the collection of Lawrence Knapp


The Insidious Doctor Fu-Manchu.       New York: Pyramid, January 1961. G-579

Second Printing: F-908 September 1963
Third Printing: R-1301 November 1965
Fourth Printing: X-2166 February 1970
Fifth Printing: V-3945 December 1975

Additional information on the Pyramid editions.

 From the collection of Lawrence Knapp


The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu.      London: Corgi, January 1967  GC 7587 

Additional information on the Corgi editions.

From the collection of Lawrence Knapp


 
The Mystery of Doctor Fu Manchu
London: Tom Stacey, 1972.
 


The Mystery of Doctor Fu Manchu.      London: W. H. Allen & Co. Ltd, 1977.

The Mystery of Doctor Fu Manchu.      London: Star, 1977.

W. H. Allen & Co. issued hard cover     editions and paperback edition under the      "Star" imprint.

Additional information on the Allen/Star editions.

From the collection of Lawrence Knapp


 
Sax Rohmer's The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu. New York: Zebra, September, 1985.
 

From the collection of Lawrence Knapp


The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu.      London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1985.      with an Introduction by D. J. Enright.

     Cover illustration by Povl Webb

Additional information on this edition.

From the collection of Lawrence Knapp
  


The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu.       Abridged and simplified by Ken Cripwell.     London: Collins ELT, 1988.  48 pages.

     Cover by Danny Lim. 
     Interior illustrations by Mario Minichiello. 

Reissued as a title in the "Nelson Readers" series published by Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd. 1992.

From the collection of R. E. Briney


The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu. Franklin    Center, PA: The Franklin Library, 1990.

Part of The Franklin Library of Mystery Masterpieces, it has a ribbed spine, embossed boards, marbled endpapers and acid-free paper with gilt edges.

The frontpiece illustration by Melanie Marder Parks was specially commissioned.

The Introduction is attributed to "The Editors."

This is clearly the most lavishly produced of all Rohmer editions.

From the collection of Lawrence Knapp
   


The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu.    London: Black Dagger Crime, Ltd., 1992, 175pp,   7 3/4" - 9 3/4."


 The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu.   Bath, Great Britain: Chivers Press, 1994. Hard cover,  277 pp, 6 1/2" x 9 1/2". Large Print.


The Fu Manchu Omnibus. Volume 1. London: Allison & Busby, 1996. The first three British titles: The Mystery of Fu Manchu, The Devil Doctor & Si-Fan Mysteries.
  

The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, 1997.
Introduction by Douglas G. Greene.
Dover Mystery Classics
ISBN: 0486298981
5 3/16 by 8 1/4

"The Company president handed me a quote, the exact same one that  opens your web page, and asked me if I thought I could do it. I  hadn't really done mystery work before (Most of my work is  medieval-fantasy), but the Pulp-era has always interested me. I asked  him if they were ok with a pulp-magazine cover approach, and he said that was fine, so I said, 'Then I can do it.'

 I wanted to make Fu-Manchu a towering presence, the montage let me  make him bigger than-life. His threat is always there, even when he  is not."
           --
Jeff A. Menges

Original Cover



Illustration and Cover Design: Jeff A. Menges


The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu. New York: iUniverse Inc., February, 2001.
New Millennium Library.
Introduction by John Michael.
ISBN 1-58348-327-6


The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu. IndyPublish.com, June, 2002.
ISBN: 1404309241

  • Full details of serial publication.

  • Known translations are included in the various Sax Rohmer national bibliographies.


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