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Here is an early comic detective novel with a curious title and wonderful period illustrations by the great Montgomery Flagg.

The policeman in this story, despite his badge number, 666, is not an agent of the great deceiver - only a policeman who has made an error in judgment... and as it turns out, someone is in fact deceived! The bobby has agreed to accept money so that a man may disguise himself in the policeman's uniform. The humorous story is replete with a millionaire, stolen art , a love affair, an overbearing mother ... other policemen ... it is generally a frolicking farce of mistaken identity. At least two movies and one stage play were adapted from this novel.

TITLE : Officer 666
AUTHOR : Barton W. Currie (Barton Wood Currie, 1878 -) / Augustin McHugh (1877 - 1928)
DATE : No Date (© 1912)
PLACE : New York
IMPRINT : A. L. Burt
EDITION : Early reprint
ILLUSTRATIONS (including end-papers and cover) : [James Montgomery Flagg]


Contain 4 color illustrations and color-illustrated end-papers (rear end-paper differs from front - a bit unusual) 208 pages plus 6 pages of publisher's list; approximately 4 3/4" x 7 1/4" (12mo);
pictorial dark gray-blue cloth -- Title, etc. in off-white on front and spine- on the front a bobby (police officer) pictured in dark blue and red stands behind the title - he holds a billy-club -- the end-papers depict in color two scenes from the story


A presentable, but well-read and somewhat worn copy with various imperfections, as delineated below:

BOARDS : Bumped corner tips and moderate surface rub -- rear board has some surface scraping and a small bit of discoloration (water droplet splash) -- else clean and presentable with good color (the title on the front is still bright)

SPINE : Compression and moderate abrasion to extremities - lettering is somewhat effaced, but still quite discernible

HINGES / BINDING : The book has obviously been read and the text block in general sits a bit loosely, although no leaves are loose or detached - pages open widely

PAGE EDGES : Toned but clean


INTERIOR : Signs of use throughout, including various smudges and small stains -- else presentable

DUST JACKET : Not present


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Officer 666 - Detective Novel Illustrated by James Montgomery Flagg - Vintage Book Circa 1912


  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Materials: boards, cloth, paper, ink, thread, glue
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