The Moloch of Marihuana, Rev. R.J. Devine
First (and presumed only) edition of this vehement tract warning of marijuana's 'lethal' dangers. "Devine draws parallels between marijuana and Moloch, the ancient Ammonite god: both are false idols, and both demand the sacrifice of children. Lending potency to this metaphor is J.N. Curry’s cover illustration...in which devilish drug peddlers fling hapless figures onto the burning hands of Moloch’s brass statue, while a scholar, a policeman, and other complacent citizens avert their gazes. The text is a series of news items, anecdotes, and relations of Devine’s own crusading efforts against marijuana; throughout, those who smoke it suffer murderous or suicidal urges, accidental deaths, and other such grim fates" (Houghton Library).
Findlay, OH: Fundamental Truth Publishers, circa 1938. Original illustrated wrappers, pp. 72. About very good. Binding is tight and sturdy, some wear and rubbing to wraps. Minor staining to the extremities of the first few pages, with the verso of cover and title page showing some additional foxing and discoloration. Else internally quite clean. Rare.