President Fu Manchu

10 July 2002

The Invisible President. Collier's Magazine. 29 February through 16 May 1936.




C. C. Beall's portrait for "Insidiouser and insidiouser," part 2 of the serial on 7 March 1936.

President Fu Manchu. New York, The Crime Club, 1936. First American Edition. PRES_1ST.JPG (8001 bytes)PRES_DJ.JPG (34045 bytes)
London: Cassell, 1936. First British Edition.



President Fu Manchu
Supplement of the
Philadelpha Record
Sunday, August 9, 1936.
New York: Sun Dial Press. n.d. (193?)







New York: Collier "Orient" edition, n.d. (193?).
Published by the  P. F. Collier & Son Corporation "By Special Arrangement with Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc."
World Distributers (Manchester) Ltd.London  began a series of Rohmer reprints in 1960 under the WDL Books imprint. In 1961 they changed the imprint to Consul Books.

President Fu Manchu was Consul #1093 1961.

Jack Gaughan's cover

Richard Krepel's cover

New York: Pyramid Books. F-946

December 1963
December 1969
June 1976

Jack Gaughan
Len Goldberg
Richard Krepel

London: Transworld Publishers Ltd., September 1967.  GC 7738  223 pp
Set in 9/9 pt. Times

Artist unknown

W. H. Allen & Co. Ltd. published both  hardcover (Wingate) and paperback (Star) editions.

London: Wingate, 1978.

London: Star, 1978.

The Fu Manchu Omnibus. Vol. 3. London: Allyson & Busby, May, 1998.
  • The Trail of Fu Manchu
  • President Fu Manchu
  • Re-Enter Dr. Fu Manchu

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Late in the action of President Fu Manchu, protagonist Mark Hepburn examines a curious artifact left behind by the "madman of the Stratton Building." 

   It was a three-cent Daniel Webster stamp, dated 1932, gummed upside down upon a piece of cardboard, then framed by the paper in which a pear-shaped opening had been cut.  The effect, when the frame was dropped over the stamp, was singular to a degree.
   It produced a hideous Chinese face!
   Mark Hepburn took out his notecase and carefully placed this queer discovery in it. As he returned the case to his pocket a memory came of hynotic green eyes staring into his own--a memory of the unforgettable features of Dr. Fu Manchu as he had seen them through the broken window on the night of the Chinatown raid . . . .
   Yes, the fact was unmistakable: inverted and framed in this way, the Daniel   Webster stamp presented a caricature, but a recognizable caricature, of  Dr. Fu Manchu!

President Fu Manchu, pp. 238-239 of first edition

This curiosity was first noted by John Harwood
in a letter in The Rohmer Review No, 2.


The first three paragraphs of Chapter Twenty Four were included on page 15 of Vol.1 of An Editor's Treasury, "a CONTIUING ANTHOLOGY OF PROSE, VERSE, AND LITERARY CURIOSA."  Herbert R. Mayes, ed. New York: Atheneum,1968. Boxed set of hardcovers. Vol 1, 1081 pages: Vol 2, 2195 pages.

Copyright 2002   Lawrence Knapp. All rights reserved.

Scarab drawn by Sax Rohmer