"Ah Senorita," he said. "Would I were an honest man, and could claim you openly. My heart is filled with love of you!"
MCCULLEY, Johnston. The Mark of Zorro. London, Macdonald, 1959.
8vo. Original grey cloth, red spine label titled in silver, with illustrated dust wrapper depicting Zorro mid-leap; pp.221; a very good copy with a little fading to cloth edges, internally clean, in worn dust wrapper with some edge rubbing and minor chipping.
First UK edition. Dashing entrances by roguish highwaymen. Windswept senoritas saved from the grasp of evil and swept up into the arms of masked vigilantes. Random Spanish words sprinkled liberally into sentences for effect. All without a trace of irony, which is part of what makes it so oddly charming. To be sure, it's probably not remotely politically or historically correct, but there *are* a large number of swishing capes. Originally published as The Curse of Capistrano, Zorro appeared in several movies before finally making its way across the seas to Britain shortly after the author's death.