First Edition. Intrigue novel of English political and social life. Cynthia Daventry is the adopted daughter of a rich and childless couple. Her father, James Challoner was the profligate son of an old English family, whose wife had been killed by an earthquake. Until Cynthia’s seventeenth birthday she is ignorant of her parentage and then her dissolute father appears and claims her. The Daventrys, who love Cynthia as their own, flee with her to England. After three years the elderly couple die, leaving Cynthia heiress to a large fortune. Captain Harry Rames, an Arctic explorer, realizes he must marry money to further his career. Cynthia consents to Rames’s conducting an expedition which will take him from her for three years, though the parting causes her deep sorrow. Uncommon in dustjacket. Near Fine bright copy, some foxing to page edges, in Good dustjacket, chipped at spine ends and flap corners, top rear panel with two square inch sized chip.