Paris,  Editions Baudiniere. 317  p. First edition.
Contemporary hardcover binding.
Lili Hatvany Hungarian woman writer, Baroness autographed book.
Maurice Dekobra (1885 Paris – 1973 Paris) was a French writer. His real name was Maurice Tessier. Seen as a subversive writer in the 1920s and 1930s, he became one of the best-known French writers between the First and the Second World Wars. His books have been translated into 77 languages.
At the age of 19, he started his career as a trilingual journalist – French, English, German. During the 1914–18 War he was attached as liaison officer/interpreter first to the Indian army, and later to the United States army. The contacts he made at this time ignited his passion for travel. He attributed the origin of his pen name to an episode in North Africa when he saw a snake charmer with two cobras. Allegedly he began thinking of the “deux cobras”, which led him to De-kobra, then Dekobra. The term ‘dekobrisme’ was coined from his fiction, which used journalistic features in his novels. He chose to live in the United States from 1939 to 1946. Upon returning to France, he started writing whodunits. Some of his novels were made into films.