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Reprint an extremely rare crime, adventure and romance novel from 1907. Completely retouched and legibility of the text restored.
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This Kickstarter is for the funding of 80 books.  If pledges go above that, the more the better!
This Kickstarter is for the funding of 80 books. If pledges go above that, the more the better!

The Great Express Robbery (1907) crime pulp novel.

This crowdfunder is to get a 102 year old pulp crime paperback back into print.  The Great Express Robbery (1907) by Grace Miller White is based upon the play by A. H. Woods. It's protagonists are two young women who live near their father's coal mine somewhere outside of Old San Francisco and they deal with rough outlaws.  Including a husband with bad intentions for everyone!  The setting is barely more than a decade after of The Old West era (1865-1895)! And as you can figure from looking at the cover, train robbery is involved!

Hello!  My name is Darren Nemeth and I published two other books.  How To Film Moving Pictures in the 1910's, which was funded here successfully in early 2018, and 1907 Chicago Projecting Co.'s Entertainer's Supplies Catalog No. 122; Deluxe Edition (printed in 2015).  Both are about early motion pictures and filled with carefully retouched ephemera, some are very similar in printing as The Great Express Robbery.

I found The Great Express Robbery a few months ago and never saw a pulp novel going back that far in person. Especially with a color cover.  While reading it the story and language was surprisingly fresh, not “ye old timey-wimey.” The plot is brisk and I believe is enjoyable for modern readers. 

Why Reprint It?

Paperback pulp novels from over a century ago are hard to find.  Even more rarer is finding one that isn't shedding paper flakes and even more rarer than that are ones that can be read from cover to cover without coming apart.

The 128 pages story is fast paced and full of action.  I rarely read fiction and had a hard time putting it down.  Read nearly all of in one sitting which is something I've never done before.  I think that most everyone will enjoy it also.

If the funding goal is reached it will pay for a print quantity of eighty books. If above the goal, the more the better! 

How Was This Reprint Created?

The binding of The Great Express Robbery was taken apart so the pages and cover could be individually scanned laying completely flat at 600 dpi.  The cover was extensively retouched and readability of illegible text was restored.  I doubt anyone will be disappointed. 

Disassembled so the pages can be laid flat on the scanner.
Disassembled so the pages can be laid flat on the scanner.

Most of the retouching was to reduce the yellowing on the pages, being careful that none of the printed ink was removed.  Some of the characters in the printing press had too much ink and were blotchy.  Some were barely readable due to too little ink.  Those were fixed by moving legible ones from other areas of the page on top then erasing the surrounding smudge.  The skew of the pages was also corrected and centered.  With these minor repairs the easy flow of reading is restored.

More info on how this was done will be in upcoming updates!

If funded I endeavor to restore and reprint more crime, adventure and romance novels from the 1890's-1910's period.

When Does It Ship?

If funded, all rewards will ship July, 2019.  As soon the printer, Blurb, delivers the books they will be mailed to backers.  

The interior pages are 100% finished, the cover is 99% finished (the bottom part shown below will be changed) and the spine is done.  The only thing left to do is the back cover! 

The first proof.  The text at the bottom will be changed.
The first proof. The text at the bottom will be changed.
After the back cover is designed "The Great Express Robbery" will be finished and ready for the printing press.
After the back cover is designed "The Great Express Robbery" will be finished and ready for the printing press.

Risks and challenges

Low risk. The book is finished except for the back cover and new text at the bottom of the front. I have the printer of the book already lined up and ready to go. All rewards ship in July.

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    The Great Express Robbery.

    Completely restored novel by Grace Miller White, adapted from the play by A. H. Woods. 5 x 8 inch softcover.

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