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The Four Hundred - Stephen Sheppard

Secker & Warburg, 1979, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little soiled with some light edgewear, the remnants of a small sticker to the upper panel. Bruised at the tail of the spine. Small numeric stamp to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “An astonishing fraud on the Bank of England conceived by four young Americans takes place in the City of London of 1872. With dazzling effrontery, prodigious charm and positively sinister ingenuity, their modest aim is to deprive the Bank of England of a mere £400,000 (equivalent to an astronomical seven million pounds today). Once the scheme is hatched the plot races from the harsh realities of the newly United States, through the decadence of European casinos, via the tropical dangers of Rio de Janeiro to the might of Victorian London. It is in the apparently impregnable financial fortress of the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street that the fate of the four men is decided..”
Size: 8½" x 5½"
Number of Pages: 373
ISBN: 0436459205