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British adventurer and writer (real name, Sidney Burghard)
Cullum left home at the age of 17 to join a gold rush in the Transvaal in South Africa, becoming involved in the conflict between British and Boer settlers. He then travelled to the scene of another gold rush in the Yukon in north-west Canada, living in the wilderness and narrowly escaping death by starvation.
Cullum eventually settled in Montana as a cattle rancher and started writing adventure novels. His first, The Devil’s Keg, set in Alberta, Canada, was published in 1903 and was an instant success. He returned to Britain and became a full-time writer, churning out dozens over the next 40 years. His output was comparable to that of Zane Grey. Several were made into popular silent films.
This is a very fine signature and date (1940) in dark blue fountain pen ink on a 4.5" x 1.5" slip of paper. In very good condition (shown loosely mounted with photo corners on a 5.5" x 3.5" white card). RARE.