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ADAMS, M.P. (Marimon Percy Greenwood Adams). THE RICH UNCLE FROM FIJI. Melbourne: The Exchange Press, 1911. Original pictorial color wrappers bound in red buckram (upper affixed to front pastedown). Illustrated by Alek Sass. Photographic plates. [1 -13], 14 – 110. 8vo. Bookplate of J.B. Findlay hinged to front pastedown, spine and front board lettered in gilt with title and “[C.A. George] Newmann Collection.” One gathering somewhat loose, a few old folds, but overall very good. RARE. A classic treatise on cons and crooked gambling, with one of only a few published accounts of the Purse Swindle, and detailed explanations on the methods of monte mobs and other hustlers. The title of the work is derived from an early twentieth century Australian colloquialism referring to an imagined relative living a great distance away who apparently has great financial means. The mark is convinced by the con man to invest in a business run by the ersatz uncle. Of course, the investment never pays off, as there was no venture in first place, let alone a rich uncle operating it. This work was relatively unknown until reprinted in an abridged format in 1975 and has since become one of the most sought-after (and elusive) titles in the literature of crooked gambling and cons.
 ADAMS, M.P. The Rich Uncle from Fiji. Melbourne: The Exchan...
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