Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

A BECKETT (Arthur W.). Tracked Out: A Secret of the Guillotine. Arrowsmith's Bristol Library Vol.XXX. Bristol, J.W. Arrowsmith, 1888. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; title-page, verso blank, and Contents leaf precede start of text; 10pp. publisher's integral catalogue dated 1888, followed by 2pp. inserted trade advertisements (for Arrowsmith's printing and Rowland's Macassar Oil), at end; pp.[iv]+[1]-[178]+[x]; diagonally fine-ribbed olive brown cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; end-papers coated black. Extremely fine copy.

The correct first state of the text, without the number ‘11' in the publisher's address in the imprint, and with the London agents given on both title-page and catalogue as ‘Simpkin, Marshall & Co.'; the inserted advertisement leaf, however, suggests a later issue, Arrowsmith's address being given there with the number ‘11', a style which seems not to have been used until 1889. Detective: Dr. Gordon. The story includes science-fiction elements. Not in Glover/Greene; this title not in Locke's ‘Spectra' or Wolff; Hubin, p.1

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A BECKETT (Arthur W.). Hard Luck: Or A Murder at Monte Carlo. Bristol, J.W. Arrowsmith, N.D. [1890]. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; title-page, reading on verso ‘Arrowsmith's Bristol Library Vol.XL' between rules, and Contents leaf precede start of text; pp.[iv]+[1]-188; diagonally fine-ribbed olive brown cloth, ruled blind on back cover, ruled and lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Extremely fine copy.

Detectives: A. MacGregor, barrister; Mr. Zetland, C.I.D. Not in Glover/Greene; this title not in Wolff; Hubin, p.1

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ADDISON (Lieut.-Colonel H.R.). Diary of a judge Being Trials of Life Compiled from the note-book Of a Recently deceased judge. Ward and Lock, 158, Fleet Street, 1860. F'cap 8vo; pp.[viii]+312; glazed yellow boards, printed on front cover in black and red, on back cover with advertisements in black; 2pp. advertisements for ‘W.H. Smith & Son's Subscription Library' tipped in between front end-papers. Rebacked; boards worn at corners; end-papers and prelims. lightly foxed, last few leaves more so; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.3; not in Sadleir.

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ALLEN (Charles). Pioneer Series: Papier Mâché. New York, Edward Arnold, 70, Fifth Avenue, 1896. Sm.f'cap 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+187+[i (blank)]; bevelled light brown linen stippled all over with a sapling-like design in dark brown, front cover lettered and pictorially blocked gilt, spine lettered and with short rule gilt; text-paper end-papers, with minute rubber-stamp of the ‘Boston Bookbinding Co.' at foot of front end-paper; publisher's label on front cover, not touching design (v. note); otherwise an extremely fine copy of a handsome book.

The publisher's File Copy, so designated by the label. A detective novel involving the theft of a Stradivarius, written by an author who had mis-read too much Henry James. A far more handsome volume than the English edition, published in the same year. Not in Hubin.

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ALLEN (Grant). The tents of Shem: A Novel. In three volumes. Chatto & Windus, 1889. 3 Vols., post 8vo; half-titles not called for; publisher's inserted 32pp.catalogue at end of volume three, dated April 1889; deep turquoise patterned sand grain cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, ruled and elaborately blocked copper on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed with leaf and flower design in grey-green. Copper darkened, small restorations to cloth of joints, some cracking of end-papers, and free end-paper to volume one a little creased and with two tears; a little scattered light dusting internally, but text in general nice. A scarce title.

In volume one the title-page is a single inset, the remaining prelims. (dedication leaf and Contents leaf), being conjugate. This, however, appears to be correct, these three leaves, together with the prelims. (two leaves), and the last gathering (three leaves), of volume two, making up one complete gathering. The prelims. to volume three (two leaves) were printed conjugate with the last gathering (six leaves), completing a further full gathering, and leaving no room for the half-titles. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 122; Hubin, p.6, listing this title as of doubtful status. The plot, which is set largely in Algeria, in fact has two main threads, one being a love story involving (eventually) two couples; the other detailing a complicated attempt to forge, plant, and prove a will - and the frustration of it. In this copy, l.21 on p.243 in volume three has the reading ‘Clarence' for ‘Charles'.

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DETECTIVE and CRIME FICTION


ALLEN (Grant). What's bred in the bone. £1000 prize novel. London: Tit-bits Offices, Burleigh Street, Strand, 1891. Half-title not called for; imprint leaf at end; pp.iv+414+[ii]; bright blue buckram, blocked black and green, lettered black-shadowed scarlet, black, black-shadowed green, and black-outlined green-and-black, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers printed with a pattern of fan-shaped leaves in pale grey. Slight foxing of first and last leaves and edges; otherwise a very nice bright copy.

The front end-paper of this copy bears a neat inscription dated ‘Oct 26th 1891': the book was published in July. One of two variants of the end-papers, the other being a design of buttercups in grey. In our experience this is the less common. Hubin, p.6; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff, who collected him assiduously, and claimed to have "most of his fiction".

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ALLEN (Grant). What's bred in the bone. £1000 prize novel. London: Tit-bits Offices, Burleigh Street, Strand, 1891. Half-title not called for; imprint leaf at end; pp.iv+414+[ii]; bright blue buckram, blocked black and green, lettered black-shadowed scarlet, black, black-shadowed green, and black-outlined green-and-black, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers printed with a pattern of buttercups in grey. Spine darkened; otherwise a nice copy.

One of two variants of the end-papers, the other being a design of fan-shaped leaves in pale grey. Hubin, p.6; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff, who collected him assiduously, and claimed to have "most of his fiction".

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ALLEN (Grant). What's bred in the bone. £1000 prize novel. London: Tit-bits Offices, Burleigh Street, Strand, 1891. Half-title not called for; imprint leaf at end; pp.iv+414+[ii]; bright blue buckram, blocked black and green, lettered black-shadowed scarlet, black, black-shadowed green, and black-outlined green-and-black, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers printed with a pattern of buttercups in grey. Covers dull and a little marked; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.6; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff, who collected him assiduously, and claimed to have "most of his fiction".

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ALMHAIN. The jewels Of Prince de Janville. Swan Sonnenschein, Lowrey & Co., Paternoster Square, 1888. Pp.263+[i (blank)]; dark turquoise sand-grain cloth, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine. Slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.7; not in Sadleir or Wolff. Printed in Perth. We are puzzled by the binding of this volume. The book was issued at 3/6d, and hence presumably in cloth. The binding is crisp, and ‘finished', and has all the appearance of being the product of a publisher's edition bindery, the end-papers are correct for the period (of similar paper to the text, but of a lighter weight), the text is in fine state, and the sheets have not been resewn: but the spine bears no imprint, and the lettering has been applied from type. We have described the binding fully, therefore, as though it is the original cloth, but priced the volume as though it is a rebind! We, frankly, do not know.

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A.L.O.E. [i.e., Miss C.M. Tucker]. The haunted room. A Tale. T. Nelson and Sons, Paternoster Row, 1886. Post 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece on text-paper; half-title not called for; 10pp. integral advertisements at end; diagonally fine ribbed brown cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, gilt on spine, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, and gilt, lettered gilt-outlined black, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, ruled and blocked gilt, lettered gilt-shadowed brown-through gilt, and brown-through-black, on spine; end-papers printed with floral design in pale brown. Covers slightly warped, and edges a trifle damp-stained; otherwise a fine copy.

A gothic mystery story involving forgery. Not obviously juvenile. Not in Hubin, Summers, or the Osborne Catalogue.

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ANDERSON (Mary). Tales of the rock. With four illustrations by B.S. Le Fanu. Downey & Co. Ld., 12 York Street, Covent Garden, London, 1897. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates; pp.[viii]+300; cerise smooth cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, lettered with swash lettering black on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, and fore-edges rough trimmed. Neat restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine; very slight cracking of end-papers; scattered very light foxing passim; tissue chipped; otherwise a very nice copy.

Advance copy, with the publisher's presentation stamp blind on upper margin of title-page. Evidently the first of at least three bindings, otherwise similar copies being known in very dark olive flame grain cloth, and in cream large pebble grain cloth - the cases in the two latter issues being too wide for the sheets. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 145, recording a similar advance copy, but describing the cloth colour as "rose-madder" - which it is when faded; Hubin, p.8. Not published in America. Set in and around Gibraltar. The case of this volume is rather too wide for the text - which suggests that it was made to take a publisher's catalogue, not in fact included by the binder. This has been so in every copy seen, irrespective of binding.

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ANDERSON (Mary). Tales of the rock. With four illustrations by B.S. Le Fanu. Downey & Co. Ld., 12 York Street, Covent Garden, London, 1897. Half-tone frontispiece, and three plates; pp.[viii]+300; vertical flame-grain very dark olive cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, lettered gilt within gilt ruled box on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. Slight rubbing of gilt on front cover, and loss of two letters of spine imprint; very slight cracking of end-papers; very light foxing of prelims. and last three leaves; small neat name on extreme upper margin of title-page; otherwise a very nice copy.

One of at least two secondary binding variants, otherwise similar copies being known in cream large pebble grain cloth. The first issue is of cerise smooth cloth, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 145, listing an advance copy in the first binding; Hubin, p.8. Not published in America. Set in and around Gibraltar. The case of this volume is rather too wide for the text - which suggests that it was made to take a publisher's catalogue, not in fact included by the binder. This has been so in every copy seen that has not been in the primary binding.

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ANDERSON (Mary). Tales of the rock. With four illustrations by B.S. Le Fanu. Downey & Co. Ld., 12 York Street, Covent Garden, London, 1897. Half-tone frontispiece, and three wood-engraved plates; pp.[viii]+300; cream large pebble grain cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram blind within ruled circle on back cover, lettered gilt within gilt ruled box on front cover, lettered and with ruled box gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. overs dull and darkened; slight cracking of end-papers; two or three leaves a little foxed or spotted; small worm-holes affecting blank upper margins of a few leaves; razor cut in upper margin of one leaf, affecting text in a second leaf, but without loss; otherwise a nice. An excellent reading copy.

One of at least two secondary binding variants, otherwise similar copies being known in dark olive flame grain cloth. The first issue is of cerise smooth cloth, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine. Binding variant, otherwise similar copies being known in vertical flame-grain dark olive cloth. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 145, listing an advance copy in the first binding; Hubin, p.8. Not published in America. Set in and around Gibraltar. The case of this volume is rather too wide for the text - which suggests that it was made to take a publisher's catalogue, not in fact included by the binder. This has been so in every copy seen, except those in the primary binding. An unusual cloth design, the ‘pebbles' being an eighth of an inch across, and arranged in a pattern like cobblestones.

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ANDREAE (Percy). Stanhope of Chester: A Mystery. London, Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1894. (All rights reserved). Pp.[iv]+337+[i (printer's imprint)]+[9 (integral advertisements)]; vertically fine-ribbed pale turquoise cloth, blocked and lettered black on front cover, lettered gilt, blocked black, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers printed with dot-and-ababesque design in grey. Some barely noticeable rubbing or marking of sides, and free end-papers a little faded; otherwise a fine copy.

A very well written mystery story, not without some serious intent, involving a trial for murder - but probably best regarded as an excellent ghost-story. Hubin, p.8; Glover/Greene, 10; Wolff, 147, recording a later yellowback edition only as in the collection, and the first edition from a reference; not in Sadleir. In this copy the following typographical flaws and errata have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): title-page, foot, the closing square bracket after ‘reserved' broken and almost lacking; p.41, last line, ‘i' lacking at start of line; p.58, l.19, broken ‘d' at end; p.59, last line, broken ‘r' in ‘towards'; p.60, antepenultimate line, broken ‘o' in ‘not'; p.87, l.20, ‘m' in ‘some' broken; p.91, l.25, second ‘l' in ‘will' broken; p.95, l.19, ‘o' of first ‘to' broken; p.97, l.4, ‘born' for ‘borne'; p.111, l.19, ‘i' in second ‘his' broken; p.147, l.17, broken ‘m' in ‘from'; p.163, las line, ‘oo' in ‘roof' printed faintly; p.165, l.19, ‘c' of ‘influence' printed faintly; p.171, l.14, ‘o' in ‘promise' broken; p.178, l.17, ‘c' of ‘directory' broken; p.209, l.4, ‘s' in ‘Conversation' printed faintly; p.261, l.8, ‘s' battered at end; p.288, second ‘8' in page number, and l.11, ‘w' in ‘was', broken; p.294, l.15, ‘g' of ‘given' broken; p.295, l.19, battered ‘c' at start and broken ‘h' in ‘Chester'; p.305, penultimate line, hyphen lacking at end; p.317, l.21, ‘g' of ‘morning' printed too heavily; p.320, l.23, ‘a' in ‘saw' printed too heavily; p.322, l.9, ‘c' in ‘deceiver' broken; p.323, last line, ‘e' in ‘revealed' broken; p.326, last line, ‘h' of ‘where' lacking; p.334, l.6, broken ‘w' at start; p.337, l.1, ‘g' of ‘manage' printed too heavily.

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ANONYMOUS. Jessie the bookfolder; Or, The heroism of love. By the Author of ‘Biddy Macarthy,' ‘Norah Cushaleen,' ‘Mary Paterson,' &c. Reprinted from the Leeds Express. Leeds: F.R. Spark and Co., 1865. F'cap 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece; pp.[vi]+322; publisher's brown morocco cloth over thin boards, blocked blind on sides, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Margins of first gathering a little embrowned owing to the poor quality of the paper used; one or two corners creased; end-papers cracked; covers slightly dull, and with a small slit in back joint a half-inch from top; otherwise a very nice copy. Rare.

According to a prefatory note this novel was first published as a newspaper serial, its success ‘in the West Riding of Yorkshire' being such that it was subsequently issued in twenty parts. Although it does not exhibit stab-holes, the present copy has quite clearly been bound up from stripped parts, traces of the different coloured wrappers being visible on the inner margins of most gatherings. We have not been able to trace either this or any of the other works said to be by the same author in the catalogue of any major library. Only by courtesy is this a detective novel: the ‘detective', Joe Stewart, being a minor criminal who gains information partly by participating in the crimes, and partly by, for his own ends, spying on his criminal employer and burgling his office; and who finally is persuaded to change sides and unravel the plot by the use of the information he has gained. Not in Halkett & Laing, Sadleir, Wolff, Hubin, Glover/Greene, BLC, or the London Library Catalogue.

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ANONYMOUS. The Forged Will; Or, The Orphan and The Foundling. By the Author of ‘Biddy Macarthy,' ‘Norah Cushaleen,' ‘Hard Times,' ‘Jessie the Bookfolder,' &c. &c. Reprinted from the Leeds Express. Leeds: F.R. Spark and Co., N.D. [c.1866]. F'cap 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece; pp.[viii]+440; publisher's green sand-grain cloth over thin boards, blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Slight wear to head and tail of spine, and one small stain affecting fore-edges of some leaves; otherwise a very nice copy. Rare.

Like ‘Jessie the Bookfolder', this novel was first published as a newspaper serial, but unlike that, it seems never to have been issued in parts. We have not been able to trace either this or any of the other works said to be by the same author in the catalogue of any major library. Not in Halkett & Laing, Sadleir, Wolff, Hubin, Glover/Greene, BLC, or the London Library Catalogue. Detectives: Mr. Strickland, Attorney-at-Law; Ned Oakham, gamekeeper.

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ANONYMOUS. The Experiences of a barrister And other tales. W. & R. Chambers, London and Edinburgh, 1883. F'cap 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, conjugate title-page, and three plates, printed in black and yellow; diagonally fine ribbed royal blue cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled black, blocked black and gilt, on front cover, ruled and blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine. Some foxing of early and late leaves, and a little scattered slight dusting; otherwise a nice copy, externally fine.

The first publication of this collection. Includes three stories from Warren's book of the same title, first published in 1856, six stories from ‘The Confessions of an Attorney' by Gustavus Sharp, first published in 1852, and two other tales, ‘The Bankrupt's Son', and ‘Infallible Judgments', conceivably here first collected. Not in Hubin or Wolff.

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ANONYMOUS. The Four detectives; Or, The white lady. The General Publishing Company, 280, Strand, London, W.C., N.D. [c.1885]. l6mo format, gathered irregularly, 64pp.; half-title not called for; wrappers, printed red, black, and tan on front wrapper, with advertisements in black on back and inside wrappers; top- and fore- edges uncut. Front wrapper a little chipped; one third of back wrapper lacking; poor quality paper showing slight uniform embrowning; in general a nice copy of a rare miniature booklet, not calculated to survive well.

Issued as No.9 in ‘The Golden Library of Indian and Detective Adventures', price 1d. Of the twelve titles listed, the last five or six appear to be detective, the rest red indian. Not in Hubin.

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ANONYMOUS. The family story-teller. The Hollwood Mystery. By the author of "A Woman's Love-story," "A Modern Juliet," "Dead or Alive?" &c. William Stevens, Limited, 421, Strand, N.D. [1894]. Sm.cr.8vo; 3pp. publisher's integral advertisements at end, serving as end-papers; pp.204+[iv]; diagonally fine ribbed blue-green cloth ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, black, and green through black, on front cover, ruled black across, lettered gilt up, spine; front end-papers printed with commercial advertisements. Fine copy.

Published simultaneously in cloth, as here, at 1s. 6d., and in ‘Paper Covers, price 1s.', as volume 97 in ‘The Family Story-teller' series. Issued, according to the ‘English Catalogue of Books' in August 1894; Hubin, p.10, giving the title erroneously as ‘The Hollywood Mystery', lists only a printing dating from 1905. The present copy is of the correct first issue, printed on excellent paper, and with series advertisements running to volume 96. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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ANONYMOUS. The gamblers; Or, The treacherous friend: A moral tale, Founded on recent facts. By the author of several popular works. Embellished with engravings. London: Printed and Published by E. Livermore, Albion Press, 50, Fetter Lane; and Sold by George Virtue, 26, Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row, and Bath Street, Bristol, 1824. Lge.post 8vo, in half sheets; half-title not present, apparently not called for; pp.672; frontispiece and eight plates; half natural calf, tooled blind, ruled gilt on spine, black spine label; sprinkled edges; end-papers faced light brown. A very little foxing, marking, or dusting; four leaves strengthened at margin, without loss of text; otherwise, and in general, a nice copy.

A very scarce title not in Summers, Hubin, Sadleir, Wolff or the London Library Catalogue; Block, p.145, recording only the British Library copy, follows the Catalogue there in listing the novel under Hannah Maria Jones (later Lowndes), but without noting the tentative nature of that ascription. It does not seem to occur otherwise in any listing of her works, and we doubt the attribution to Jones, though the date, the format, and the involvement of Virtue might tend perhaps to suggest her as the author. Her books however were published - and not merely distributed - by Virtue, and she was publishing with him by this time overtly under her own name. The style is in our view more direct than that of Jones, the chief character is male and not, as in most of her novels, female, and the subject-matter likewise is not obviously hers, being at once less romantically melodramatic and more coarse than we would associate with her. A story culminating in murder, robbery, and prostitution. There is no list of plates, but they are here bound in (and in most cases marked) to face pp.[3], 24, 102, 217, 401, 478, 485, and 640. Those to p.[3] and p.401 are, like the frontispiece, unmarked, the two last bearing the imprint of Livermore as publisher, the rest that of Virtue. Stab-holes suggest that the novel was published in parts.

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ANONYMOUS. Heigho! For a husband. Illustrated. Published by Edwin J. Brett. Offices: 173, Fleet Street, London, E.C., N.D. [c.1884]. Med.8vo in twelves; half-title not present, possibly not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece and one plate, printed in colours; eighteen full page wood-engravings in the text; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[ii]+446+[ii]; ?publisher's green pebble grain cloth, without blocking or lettering; back paste-down printed with publisher's advertisements; apparently issued without a back free end-paper. Very nice copy.

Not in Summers, Hubin, or Wolff. The original penny weekly numbers, issued ninteen numbers in eighteen (number two being issued gratis with number one) between Wednesday, October 5th [?1883] and Wednesday, February 1st [?1884]. The coloured plates were issued with Nos.1 & 2 (jointly), and No.3. A melodramatic story involving an aristocratic fallen woman, forgery, abduction, and attempted murder, and including a good deal of detection. In this copy, l.6, p.172, has the reading ‘piety' for ‘pity'; l.30, p.320, the reading ‘transation' for ‘transaction'.

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ANONYMOUS. The murdered bride, Or The Victim Of Treachery; A Tale of Horror: (Founded on recent Facts). William Emans, 31 Cloth Fair, N.D. [1820]. Lge.cr.8vo, in half sheets; engraved vignette title-page, and four plates (ex seven); possibly lacking a letterpress title-leaf; pp.[3]-720; one volume bound in three, contemporary half roan, marbled sides. Bindings strong, but used; a good deal of dusting and marking. As a reading copy. Rare.

Bound up from the original 30 numbers. Issued stabbed. Not in Sadleir, Wolff, Summers or Hubin. Block, p.169, recording it from a single bookseller's listing only.

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THE FIRST COLLECTION OF DETECTIVE AND CRIME STORIES.


ANONYMOUS. Remarkable convictions. By A writer to the signet. Edinburgh: William P. Nimmo, 1865. Half-title not present; title leaf followed by two leaves of Preface, and single inset fly-title (conceivably the half-title mis-bound); pp.[iii] - [x]+260; contemporary half black polished calf, oil-marbled sides, spine with five raised bands, brown lettering-piece, ruled blind on sides and spine, guinea-rules gilt on spine; burnished sprinkled edges; end-papers lined light green. Small damp-stain on top-edges (not visible internally); slight rubbing to calf; slight foxing to prelims. and last few leaves; otherwise a nice copy of a very scarce book.

As far as we can discover the first collection of detective and crime stories ever published. Most of them are set in Scotland but two are set in Australia (one of which features an aboriginal detective) and two in Canada. The authorship is variously ascribed to Alexander Kennedy (Harvard and LoC) or John Maclaurin (Harvard). The author in his Preface says: "A great proportion of the trials reported in the following pages are cases which actually occurred and were tried in criminal courts or investigated on the part of prosecutors. Names of persons or places however are generally changed or suppressed and in some of them the incidents are slightly altered. Two or three of them may be termed composite being made up of incidents gleaned from several other known cases and combined in one. The whole are intended to demonstrate the effect of circumstantial evidence and to shew how often facts of an apparently trivial nature and wholly unexpected turn up bringing home guilt to an accused party even in the face of an able an ingenious defence." In point of fact about half of the stories are provided with notes referring them to real-life originals and in several even of these it is made clear that incidents have been combined from more than one source or details changed so that they certainly should be regarded as fiction rather than fact although deserving of the common description applied to much sensational fiction in the first half of the nineteenth century ‘a story founded on facts'. A very early Nimmo publication apparently unknown to Haycraft who might well have mentioned it on account of its date and not listed in Hubin; nor is it in Summers Wolff or of course Sadleir. The collation calls for one further leaf which we have assumed to be a half-title though in view of the fact that the five leaves of prelims. here present were evidently printed conjugate with the two leaves of the last gathering of text it might have been an advertisement leaf or blank. The following errata and typographical flaw have been noted in this copy but are probably without significance in regard to state or issue: p.181 l.18 ‘other' for ‘another'; p.209 l.18 ‘born' for ‘borne'; and p.246 last line ‘o' of ‘some' broken.

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ANONYMOUS. An Unsolved Mystery. William Stevens, Ltd., 1888. 64pp., closely printed in 8pt single column; green thin paper wrappers, cut flush, printed in red. Paper a little worn at head and tail of spine; otherwise a near-fine copy. Rare thus.

Issued at threepence as Vol.7, No.41 of the Monthly Magazine of Fiction. Detectives: Miss Joan Clifford; Mr. Robert White, gentleman. The story concerns a murder on a train. Not in Hubin, Glover/Greene, Sadleir, or Wolff.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Chamber of mystery And other tales. (Reprinted from ‘Chambers's Journal.') W. & R. Chambers, London and Edinburgh, 1870. F'cap 8vo; frontispiece on text-paper (included in the pagination); pp.224; brown fine dotted line ribbed cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled black, blocked black and gilt on front cover, ruled and blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated orange yellow. Small rubbed hole in cloth of front joint; otherwise fine.

Not in Hubin. This is the true first edition, undated issues more commonly met with, under this and other titles, being reprints. Short stories, some criminous, including ‘Curious Case of Circumstantial Evidence' - a murder mystery; ‘The Pursuit' - detailing the attempts of a detective police officer called Waters to apprehend a fleeing embezzler; ‘Legal Metamorphoses' and ‘The Revenge' - further ‘Waters' stories; etc. One story in the volume is credited to Anna Maria Sargeant, all the others appear anonymously - though several (the various ‘Waters' stories) are presumably the work of William Russell.

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ANTHOLOGY. Eleven Possible Cases. By Frank R. Stockton, Franklyn Fyles, Joaquin Miller, Maurice Thompson, Ingersoll Lock-Wood, Edgar Fawcett, Brainard Gardner Smith, Kirke Munroe, Nym Crinkle, Anna Katherine Green, and Q. Cassell & Company, Limited: London, Paris & Melbourne, 1891. Blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+271+[i (blank)]; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end coded ‘6 G - 8.91.'; quarter cerise smooth cloth lettered gilt on spine, horizontally fine ribbed paper covered sides, printed with conventional pattern in dark green and gilt; fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed; end-papers printed with daisy pattern in grey, the front free end-paper bearing on verso an advertisement panel containing six titles (this being number four) and coded ‘32 - 9.91'. Slight wear to edges of boards; blank, half-title, and edges lightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

A very scarce title, not in Hubin, Sadleir, or Wolff; Blanck, 5657, and 13824, listing only the American edition of the same year. Reputedly the first anthology of detective and near-detective short stories.

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ANTHOLOGY. The Gold-seekers And other tales. (Reprinted from ‘Chambers's Journal.') W. & R. Chambers, London and Edinburgh, 1872. F'cap 8vo; frontispiece on text-paper (included in the pagination); pp.224; orange-red diagonal fine ribbed cloth, ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled black, blocked black and gilt on front cover, ruled and blocked black and gilt, lettered gilt, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Spine slightly darkened; otherwise a nice copy.

Not in Hubin. A reshuffling of stories for the most part collected originally in ‘The Chamber of Mystery' in 1870. Short stories, some criminous, including ‘Curious Case of Circumstantial Evidence' - a murder mystery; ‘The Pursuit' - detailing the attempts of a detective police officer called Waters to apprehend a fleeing embezzler; ‘Legal Metamorphoses' and ‘The Revenge' - further ‘Waters' stories; etc. One story in the volume is credited to Anna Maria Sargeant, all the others appear anonymously - though several (the various ‘Waters' stories) are presumably the work of William Russell.

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ANTHOLOGY. Home Chimes. New series. Vol. XIV. Richard Willoughby, 27 Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row, 1893. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; full-page illustrations on text-paper; diagonally fine ribbed crimson cloth, ruled black, blocked black and gilt, lettered red-through-gilt on front cover, ruled and blocked black, lettered gilt, on spine, ruled blind, blocked with ‘sunlight soap' advertisement in black on back cover. Edges foxed; end-papers a little foxed and cracking; one or two gatherings slightly proud, but not loose; otherwise a very nice copy.

The annual volume of an uncommon periodical. Contributors include R. Murray Gilchrist, Richard Marsh, G.B. Burgin, and J.S. Fletcher. The main serial, running for some twelve chapters, is a murder story, ‘The Mystery of the Night Express', by M.F. Theed.

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ANTHOLOGY. In Australian Wilds, And Other colonial tales and sketches. By B.L. Farjeon, Edward Jenkins, E.S. Rawson, C. Haddon Chambers, H.B.M[arriott]. Watson, "Tasma," and the editor. Edited by Philip Mennell. Hutchinson and Co., 25, Paternoster Square, 1889. Half-title not called for; pp.[iv]+196; glazed white paper wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in full colour, in black up spine, on back cover with advertisement for ‘HOLLOWAY'S PILLS & OINTMENT' in black. Paper of spine chipped at head and tail; front end-papers cracking; one leaf slightly defective at lower inner margin, apparently due to a binding fault; otherwise a very nice copy. Rare.

Published at 1/-. Not in Sadleir, Wolff, or Hubin. An Introduction, eight stories, and one sketch, four of the stories and the sketch set in Australia, one story set in New Zealand, one in Canada, and one (with Australian connections) set in London. The lengthy first story, by B.L. Farjeon, ‘In Australian Wilds', is a detective murder story; and the last story, ‘An Underground Tragedy' by C. Hadon Chambers is a detective murder mystery turning largely upon detailed forensic evidence: a very early use of this in fiction.

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ANTHOLOGY. The long arm By Mary E. Wilkins [Freeman] And other Detective Stories By George Ira Brett [Oswald Crawfurd]; Professor Brander Mathews And Roy Tellet. Chapman & Hall, Ld., 1895. Advertisement leaf before half-title; half-tone frontispiece; final blank; navy blue buckram blocked with an art nouveau design in light blue and purple, lettered light blue and gilt, on spine and front cover; t.e.g., others uncut; light blue grey coated end-papers printed in dark red. Slight foxing of edges, otherwise a near-fine copy.

Issued as the first volume of Chapman's Story Series. The publisher's file copy, with their label on the back cover designating this for office use. Queen DSS p.121: "An important book - the first legitimate detective-story anthology ever published."

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ANTHOLOGY. Strange Doings in Strange Places, Complete Sensational Stories by Frank Barrett, Maxwell Gray, John Berwick Harwood, Q., R.E. Francillon, G. Manville Fenn, F.W. Robinson, Fitzgerald Molloy, Charles Gibbon, Florence Warden, Richard Dowling, Theo. Gift, Mrs. Edward Kennard, M. Betham Edwards, John K. Leys, Henry Frith, May Crommelin, Major Arthur Griffiths. Cassel & Company, Limited, 1890. Frontispiece with tissue guard; 8pp. publisher's catalogues at end coded ‘6G-8.90' and ‘6B-8.90'; red buckram lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine, decorated black on back cover and spine; lower-edges uncut; end-papers coated pale yellow. Three small faded spots on covers; tissue guard foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Includes some detective stories. Not in Hubin, or Wolff.

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ANTHOLOGY. Tales from Chamber's Journal: The Silver lever By D. Christie Murray And other tales. W. & R. Chambers, Limited, N.D. [1884]. F'cap 8vo; pp.144; half-title not called for; wood-engraved headpiece to each story, most with large wood-engraved tailpieces; yellowish brown wrappers, cut flush, printed on the front wrapper in black; wire-stabbed through wrappers; isued without end-papers. Mis-wrappered, the front panel bearing the title of the fourth volume in the series, ‘The Five Brothers'; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Not in Sadleir, or Wolff. Dated from the English Catalogue of books. A scarce series, of which Sadleir found only one example for his collection, (No.8). Sadleir's copy was in lilac wrappers, was printed on the spine as well as on the front wrapper, and apparently carried series advertisements, running to number eight, which caused him to speculate that this may have been the number issued. There in fact were twelve titles, of which this is number one. Three versions of the wrappers have been seen: lilac printed in purple, as the Sadleir copy, and bearing, apparently, the printed price, sixpence; and yellowish brown printed in black, this colour of wrapper occurring in two states: with the words ‘PRICE SIXPENCE' printed in a box at the foot of the front wrapper (as here), and with the price box left empty. In addition some copies bearing the legend ‘PRICE SIXPENCE' are sewn in the normal way instead of being wire-stabbed. Six stories, only the long title-story (which involves forgery, murder, and robbery) being attributed. Of the other stories, one involves the escape of a prisoner from Portland gaol, and the apprehension of the wrong man by mistake; another involves a robbery; and a third a bank failure in which fraud is suggested as the cause.

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ANTHOLOGY. Tales from Chambers's Journal: Five brothers' Five fixes And other tales. W. & R. Chambers, Limited, N.D. [1885]. F'cap 8vo; pp.144; half-title not called for; engraved vignette on title, fine large wood-engraved head and tail pieces passim; yellowish brown wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; issued without end-papers. Slight marking of spine; otherwise a very fine copy.

Not in Sadleir, or Wolff. Dated from the English Catalogue of books. A scarce series, of which Sadleir found only one example for his collection, (No.8). Sadleir's copy was in lilac wrappers, was printed on the spine as well as on the front wrapper, and apparently carried series advertisements, running to number eight, which caused him to speculate that this may have been the number issued. There in fact were twelve titles, of which this is number four. Three versions of the wrappers have been seen: lilac printed in purple, as the Sadleir copy, and bearing, apparently, the printed price, sixpence; and yellowish brown printed in black, this colour of wrapper occurring in two states: with the words ‘PRICE SIXPENCE' printed in a box at the foot of the front wrapper, and with the price box left empty. In addition some copies bearing the legend ‘PRICE SIXPENCE' are sewn in the normal way instead of being wire-stabbed. The present copy is such a one. Four stories and two anecdotes. The third story, ‘A Black Mare with a White Star' is a detective story involving highway robbery; the fourth, ‘A Hand and a Ring' is a murder mystery. The episodic title story is set in New Zealand. Not in Hubin.

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ANTHOLOGY. Tales from Chambers's Journal: The Arab wife And A strange clue. W. & R. Chambers, Limited, N.D. [1885]. F'cap 8vo; pp.144; half-title not called for; engraved vignette on title, large head piece to each story and tail pieces passim; yellowish brown wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; wire-stabbed, through wrappers; issued without end-papers. A very fine copy.

Not in Wolff; Sadleir, 3466. Dated from the English Catalogue of books. A scarce series, of which Sadleir found only this one example for his collection, (No.8). Sadleir's copy was in lilac wrappers, was printed on the spine as well as on the front wrapper, and apparently carried series advertisements, running to number eight, which caused him to speculate that this may have been the number issued. There in fact were twelve. Three versions of the wrappers have been seen: lilac printed in purple, as the Sadleir copy, and bearing, apparently, the printed price, sixpence; and yellowish brown printed in black, this colour of wrapper occurring in two states: with the words ‘PRICE SIXPENCE' printed in a box at the foot of the front wrapper, as here, and with the price box left empty. In addition some copies bearing the legend ‘PRICE SIXPENCE' are sewn in the normal way instead of being wire-stabbed. The long first story is an authoritatively written adventure story set in the general area of Malaya. The shorter second one is a detective murder story. Not in Hubin.

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APPLETON (G. Webb). Frozen hearts. A Romance. In three volumes. Samuel Tinsley & Co., 10, Southampton Street, Strand, 1878. 3 Vols.; half-titles not called for; 4pp. publisher's advertisements dated February, 1880, tipped in at the end of each volume; green patterned sand grain cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; t.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Very nice copy.

Presumably a later issue, though the casing looks primary. A wire-stitched binding in remarkably fine state. Not in Sadleir. Hubin, p.11, listing this title as of undetermined status. The story is in fact a mystery, and places a good deal of emphasis on detection, without the main clew of the plot being greatly concerned with the indictable crimes that are involved. Detective: the Vicomte d'Harmontal.

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ARKWRIGHT (Richard). The Queen Anne's Gate Mystery. A Novel By Richard Arkwright, Author of ‘Driven Home.' In ywo volumes. London: F.V. White & Co., 31 Southampton Street, Strand, W.C., 1889. 2 Vols., sm.cr. 8vo; advertisements on verso of Contents leaf in volume one, on verso of fly-title in volume two; 16pp. integral advertisements, dated ‘May 1889', continuing the signatures, at end of volume two; light scarlet smooth cloth, ruled white on sides and spine, blocked with publisher's monogram, white, on back cover, lettered white on front cover, gilt on spine; end-papers coated black. Re-cased with new black-coated end-papers; spines a little darkened, with slight rubbing to lettering and minor repairs to cloth in volume one, and a little scattered light foxing in volume two, with marginal fingering to margins on pp.18 - 24; a few small pencilled marks (v. note); in general, nonetheless, a nice copy. Scarce.

A detective novel involving invisible writing and graphology. The upper margin of the title-page to volume one bears the pencilled initials ‘JHA', whilst the markings in the text, apparently made by the same pencil, note proofing errors: we hypothesise that this may have been a family copy, and perhaps a bound book proof. In this copy the following errata and typographical flaws have been noted. In volume one, p.4, l.4, ‘welcomed' has a dotless ‘i' in place of the ‘l'; p.29, l.11, ‘2d' for ‘2nd'; p.93, l.6, the ‘l' of ‘original' is lacking (marked in pencil); p.138, l.2, lacks a hyphen at end of line, and l.5, has ‘crcdited' for ‘credited'; p.141 reads ‘the the' (marked); p.142, l.4, reads ‘intnetion' for ‘intention' (marked); p.154, l.4, ‘w' of ‘was' scratched; p.169, l.21, ‘s' of ‘she' too heavy; p.182, l.2, hyphen lacking at end; p.196, last line, ‘or' for ‘for'; p.204, l.21, ‘d' of ‘enjoined' too heavy; p.224, ll.13/14 ‘feat- ures' marked for correction (a technical correction such as this makes it unlikely that a general reader was noting errors for his own amusement); p.232, l.4, ‘w' of ‘women' battered; in volume two, p.3, l.3, dropped comma with risen shoulders at end of line; p.8, l.12, ‘n' of ‘human' battered; p.9, l.12, ‘t' of ‘they' lacking (marked); p.44, penultimate line, ‘their' for ‘there' (marked); p.139, l.5, hyphen lacking at end of line; p.175, l.17, ‘t' of ‘innovation' broken; p.176, ‘6' of page number battered; p.239, l.3, full-stop lacking at end of line; p.248, l.5, ‘j' of ‘juniper' lacking (marked). The last text gathering of volume two is a half-sheet signed ‘Vol.II. Q'; the terminal advertisements are signed ‘Vol.II. R'. Not in Sadleir, Wolff, or Glover/Greene/Osborne; Hubin, p.12. The book was reprinted as part of the Arno series in 1976.

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ATKINSON (Rev. J.C.). Lost: Or What came of a slip from ‘honour bright'. With four illustrations by S.P. Hall. Sampson Low, Son, and Marston, Crown Buildings, 188 Fleet Street, 1870. (All rights reserved). F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece and three plates by H. Harral after Sydney P. Hall; pp.iv+355+[i (printer's imprint)]; blue pebble grain cloth ruled and blocked blind on back cover, ruled and blocked black, blocked and lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers coated yellow. Nice copy.

Atkinson is known as a writer of books for boys, and for his interest in Yorkshire legends and Norse mythology, and this book does indeed contain embedded in the text several short fantasy stories with such a background. Three of the main characters are also teenagers (‘the young idea', to use the book's description), and there are one or two moral points made, all of which suggests a juvenile. For the most part, however, the book is a complex detective story concerned with characters drawn from low life and involving robbery, attempted murder, kidnapping, false imprisonment, attempted blackmail, etc., and turning for its main point on the question of whether the (adult) upper class hero's mother committed adultery. If this is permissible in a mid-Victorian boy's book, the book is a juvenile - but we find ourselves rather puzzled as to how to categorise it! A scarce title, at any rate, and not in Hubin, Sadleir, Wolff, or Locke's ‘Spectrum'. In this copy the following typographical errors have been noted, issue significance, if any, unknown: p.189, l.13, ‘may' for ‘me'; p.308, last line, ‘fr' missing at start of line. There is much evidence of poor proof reading, of which one example will suffice: p.228, l.18, ‘as' lacking before ‘wisely'.

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BAKER (Sir Samuel, M.A. F.R.G.S.). Cast up by the sea. With illustrations by Huard. Macmillan and Co., 1869. Initial blank, probably integral (in which case half-title not called for: otherwise lacking); wood engraved frontispiece and nine spirited plates; pp.[xvi]+456; old diagonally fine ribbed moire green binder's cloth. Some wear and a small repair to cloth of covers; numerous minor faults internally, but a good reading copy. Scarce.

The only novel of a writer well-known for his travel books - particularly those on the exploration of the upper reaches of the Nile, and on Ceylon. A curiously crowded story, opening in 1784 in Cornwall, and in essence a love story combined with a story of murder and robbery, but taking in on the one hand wrecking, smuggling, adventures in the French Revolutionary War, the imprisonment of one of the protagonists in France, his escape and subsequent adventures, recapture, and eventual release and return to England, and on the other the experiences of the second protagonist with the British navy, chiefly in the Indian ocean, his marooning on a coral island, and subsequent journey to Africa, where he is captured by slave traders, and has sundry adventures among various native tribes, before eventually finding his way back to England, where both the protagonists find themselves charged with the old murder and robbery, the novel concluding with a trial, marriage, and suicide! Not in Sadleir, Wolff, or Hubin.

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BARMBY (Cuthbert). James Cope. Illustrated by Powell Chase. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, N.D. [1899]. Blank before half-title; frontispiece with tissue guard, and one plate; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; vertically ribbed dark yellow-green cloth, pictorally blocked black, blue, white, gilt, and grey, embossed blind, on front cover, blocked black, white, gilt, and grey, embossed blind, on spine, lettered black and gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Poor quality end-papers embrowned; frontispiece present in good facsimile; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.23, giving the Ward, Lock edition precedence, but quoting an additional sub-title present only in the American edition. A murder mystery involving morphia addiction. A superb example of period pictorial cloth. The plate is marked to face p.182, and is tipped in at that point in this copy.

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BARMBY (Cuthbert). James Cope. Illustrated by Powell Chase. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, N.D. [1899]. Blank before half-title; frontispiece with tissue guard, and one plate; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; vertically ribbed cerise cloth, pictorally blocked black, blue, white, gilt, and grey, embossed blind, on front cover, blocked black, white, gilt, and grey, embossed blind, on spine, lettered black and gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Enamel very slightly rubbed or spotted; poor quality end-papers embrowned; otherwise a nice copy.

A binding variant, the book also being seen in an otherwise identical casing of green cloth. Hubin, p.23, giving the Ward, Lock edition precedence, but quoting an additional sub-title present only in the American edition. A murder mystery involving morphia addiction. A superb example of period pictorial cloth. The plate is marked to face p.182, and is tipped in at that point in this copy.

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BARR (Robert). A woman Intervenes Or The mistress of the mine By Robert Barr Author of "In the midst of Alarms," "The Face and the Mask," "From whose Bourne," etc. Profusely Illustrated by Hal Hurst. New York and London, Frederick A. Stokes Company, Publishers, 1896. Sm.cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece and nineteen plates; 3pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[vi]+375+[iii]; natural fine linen, blocked brown, silver, and purple, lettered brown, and brown-outlined purple on front cover, lettered and blocked with publisher's monogram silver, lettered brown, blocked purple, on spine; purple and white head and tail bands. Small, faint, mark on front cover; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.24; not in Wright, who lists only one short story; this title not in Wolff. This title was published in England in the same year. The author was Canadian. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.5 [4], 14, 15 [16], 40, 42, 65 [64], 72, 78, 80, 93 [92], 95 [94], 97 [96], 99 [98], 108, 139 [138], 279 [278], 290, 324, and 374, the actual placement being shown in brackets. In this copy the plate marking ‘99' has the first ‘9' broken, probably as always.

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BARRETT (Frank). Kitty's father. In three volumes. London, William Heinemann, 1893 (All rights reserved). 3 Vols., globe 8vo; pp.[vi]+281+[i (blank)]; vi+290; vi+276; publisher's inserted catalogue, 16pp., dated October 1892, at end of volume three; diagonally fine-ribbed light cerise cloth, blocked, lettered, and with short rule dark brown on front cover, lettered with short rule, gilt on spine. Slight general wear to covers; end-papers cracked in volume one; a little scattered foxing and dusting passim; a very good copy, nonetheless.

A very readable murder mystery, with some excellent detection, and a strong theatrical setting. Hubin, p.24, recording the American edition as 1892. This edition, with a catalogue dated October 1892, was almost certainly likewise published in that year, but dated ahead. Not in Sadleir; Wolff, 329, recording an otherwise identical copy lacking the front free end-papers; Glover/Greene, 29, recording only a later edition. In this copy the following typographical faults have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): in Vol.I - p.28, l.7 ‘d' in ‘stopped' almost lacking; p.204, l.15, ‘witha' for ‘with a'; p.235, l.17, first ‘e' in ‘seems' very faintly printed; on Vol.II. - p.59, l.8, redundant space at start of line; p.154, l.3, wrong spacing in ‘laughed' and ‘e' lacking; p.179, l.14, wrong font ‘w' in ‘will'; p.227, l.17, broken ‘s' in ‘was'; in Vol.III - p.108, l.5, wrong spacing in ‘blood'.

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BARRETT (Frank). Breaking the Shackles. John Macqueen, 1900. 14pp. integral advertisements, dated January 1900, at end; vertical rib effect scarlet cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Light marking of covers; small hole in cloth on lower edge of front board; a little scattered very light foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.24.

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BARRIE (J.M.). Better dead. London, Swan Sonnenschein, Lowrey, & Co., Paternoster Square, 1888 [i.e., Winter, 1887]. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title and final leaf of text both single insets; pp.[vi]+145+[i (blank)]; glazed pale yellow card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in red, pale bluish green, and black, on back wrapper with advertisement in black for Dr. J. Collis Browne's Chlorodyne, spine unlettered; thin white paper end-papers, the front paste-down printed with publisher's and commercial advertisements in black. Unobtrusively re-backed with matching paper; otherwise a fine copy.

There is a case to made that with this novel Barrie invented surrealism! The author's very scarce first book. The second edition, dated 1889, was in cloth. Hubin, p.25; this title not in Sadleir; Wolff, 339, describing a copy in white paper wrappers and with blue printing on the front wrapper instead of the pale bluish green colour present here - though this last may be attributable to a difference in our colour vision. Wolff also describes his copy as having an integral blank preceding the half-title, which is probably an error since the three leaves of the prelims., the four of the penultimate gathering, and the final singleton (signed ‘L') make up together one full sheet. The blank ‘leaf' before the half-title in the present copy is of somewhat thinner paper, and is in fact the free end-paper. His wrappered copy appears to have had no back free end-paper, and the blank leaf at the front may have been an inset binder's blank. In this copy the penultimate line of p.47 has the reading ‘greatpromise' for ‘great promise', probably as always.

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BELOT (Adolphe). The Crimes of Paris: Or, Colonists and the capital. By Adolphe Belot, Author of "Article 47," "The Black Venus," "The rue De la Paix Tragedy," "The Woman of Fire," Etc., etc., etc. London: George Vickers, Publisher, Angel Court [sic] 172, Strand, W.C., N.D. [1885]. (All Rights reserved). F'cap 8vo; integral leaf publisher's advertisements, followed by 4pp. inserted J. & R. Maxwell advertisements, at end; pp.[iv]+262+[ii]; diagonally fine-ribbed cobalt blue cloth, elaborately blocked black on front cover, blind on back cover, ruled and elaborately blocked black, blocked gilt, lettered cobalt blue-through-gilt, and gilt, on spine; lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Slight mottling of covers, and gilt panel on spine a little rubbed; otherwise a fine copy. Very scarce.

A detective murder story. Not in Sadleir, or Wolff; this title not in BLC or Hubin; NSTC lists the Oxford, Cambridge, and Edinburgh copies only.

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[BENNETT (John).]. The Career Of An artful dodger: Showing one half of the world how The other half lives. George Vickers, Angel Court, Strand, N.D. [1860]. Sm.f'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; wood-engraved frontispiece on text-paper, vignette on title-page, and numerous illustrations in the text; pp.viii (including frontispiece)+216; yellow boards printed in red and black on front cover, with advertisements in black on back cover. Early crudely rebacked with red cloth; slight wear to corners; end-papers foxed; otherwise nice. Scarce.

Not in Wolff or Hubin. Sadleir, 3503, giving an ‘estimated' date of ‘1860 or 1861' on account of an inscription dated May 1861 in another copy. The back cover advertisements in the present copy include as ‘This Day' the same author's ‘Tom Fox, Or, the Revelations of a detective' (which receives a sly puff also in the text). This was published dated 1860 (v. Sadleir, 3535). Also on the back cover of the present copy is advertised as ‘In the press . . . (Ready Dec. 1)' ‘Lord Chief Baron Nicholson: An Autobiography', a book which is also known to have appeared in 1860. Sadleir (3500) says of the group of books as a whole to which this one belongs ‘The majority are nowadays so uncommon that their very existence is almost unknown' and notes also that ‘their florescence (so far as they deal with adventures in detection) can be directly traced to a development in police procedure popularised by the powerful pen of Charles Dickens.' In the present instance the debt to Dickens is perhaps more than usually overt! In this copy, p.111. l.14 reads ‘baucherv.' for ‘bauchery.'. Issue significance, if any, unknown.

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BENNETT (John). The Life and career Of a London errand boy. By John Bennett, Author of "Night and Day;" "Family Mysteries;" "Career of an Artful Dodger;" "Tom Fox;" "Ways and Means;" "Revelations of a Sly Parrot;" "The Orphan Sisters;" "The Emigrant's Daughter;" Etc., etc. With twenty original illustrations. Published for Henry Vickers, Strand, And sold by all booksellers, 1865. Roy.8vo, gathered in half sheets; printed in double columns; twenty wood engraved illustrations, on text-paper (that to p.25 in this copy having evidently been largely re-drawn, the block as printed being in two parts, an inset central section evidenced by a thin white margin at the join); half-title not called for; pp.iv+160; contemporary half navy blue roan, gilt, dark green cloth sides, sprinkled edges; end-papers coated very dark brown; the original yellow wrappers to the first part, printed on front and back in black, bound in at the end. Roan a little rubbed, and very slightly chipped at tail; two inner margins very slightly chipped; otherwise a fine copy.

Issued in twenty weekly penny numbers, (No.2 being issued gratis with No.1). An evidently scarce title, not in Summers or Hubin. Intended as a juvenile, but except that a boy is among the main characters, not readily distinguishable from an adult thriller. A thorough-going story of crime involving embezzelment, theft, attempted arson, and murder, complete with a police investigation and a hue-and-cry. A very readable and well-written, although somewhat melodramatic novel, structured somewhat after the Dickens model. This copy has the readings ‘their' for ‘there' at col.1, l.11, on p.98; and at col.2, on p.152, the fourth line from the bottom, ‘you to with' instead of ‘you to do with'. In addition to the list of other works given on the title-page, as above, it carries on its verso an announcement as "Preparing for Immediate Publication. Illustrated, in Penny Weekly Numbers, The Boy Gipsy; Or The hero of the mountains", by the same author.

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"BILIR (Kim)" [i.e., Arthur H. Scaife]. Three Letters Of Credit And other Stories. Victoria, B.C., [Canada], 1894. Double Pott 8vo, wire-stabbed; half-title not called for; title-leaf, blank, Contents leaf, and leaf headed ‘To the reader' precede first leaf of text; pp.[viii]+123+[i (blank)]; thick pale blue-green laid paper wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; issued without end-papers. Wrappers a little chipped at head and tail of spine, and edges; staples slightly rusted; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Not in Hubin. The first story is a detective novelette turning on a bank fraud: rather of the ‘Holmes and Watson' variety, Sherlock Holmes being explicitly mentioned in the text in connection with the detective (a Levantine), the part of Watson being played by the narrator, a bank clerk. A beautifully written, well-constructed, and interesting tale, not in De Waal. Of the four shorter stories which follow, two deal with varieties of fraud, and one with kidnapping (and eventual murder) for ransom. In this copy at l.14 on p.2 the inverted commas are lacking after ‘(US $5,000)'; l.22 on p.45 has the reading ‘he' for ‘be'.

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BINSTEAD (Arthur M.). Houndsditch Day by day. By Arthur M. Binstead ("Pitcher" of The Sporting Times). London: Sands & Company, 1899. Short demy 8vo; advertisement leaf, blank on recto, precedes half-title; title-page printed in scarlet and black; Foreword leaf a single inset; 4ll. integral advertisements at end, the third of them being a cancel on poor quality paper, tipped onto a stub; pp.[x]+13 - 200+[viii]; pink art-linen blocked pictorially black and pale brown, lettered black, on front cover, lettered and blocked black on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Slight dust-marking to cloth; some scattered foxing, chiefly to margins and large fore-edges, and a couple of blank corners creased; otherwise a nice copy of one of the more difficult Binstead titles.

Jewish stories, mainly involving theft, bilking, sharping, etc. Written in dialect. Not in Hubin.

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[BLAND (E.A.).]. Constable 42Z By E.A.B.D. The Religious Tract Society, 56 Paternoster Row, 65 St. Paul's Churchyard And 164 Piccadilly, N.D. [1888]. Half-title not called for; engraved frontispiece and two plates, on text-paper, and three illustrations in the text, all by C. Whymper, engraved head- and tail- pieces and initial letters; Cambridge blue buckram pictorially blocked black and brown, lettered gilt on spine and front cover, back cover blocked, and lettered with publisher's initials, in black; white end-papers printed with a floral design in olive green. Spine faded and covers slightly marked; a little shaken; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.106.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). A lost endeavour. With illustrations by Stanley L. Wood. 1895, J.M. Dent & Co. Aldine House. Sq.f'cap 8vo; half-tone frontispiece, conjugate decorative title-page, and three plates; pale lime green and white flecked buckram over very thin boards, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine in series style; t.e.g., others uncut; end-papers printed with vignette and iris designs in olive green, in series style. Spine faded, and covers slightly marked; but in general a nice copy.

Issued as a volume in the ‘Iris Series', the series title appearing on half-title and title pages, and spine. Hubin, p.41, listing this title as of undetermined status: it involves an escaped female convict, who is a celebrated jewel thief, but is in essence a love story. In this copy the following errors have been noted: p.103, last line lacks ‘l' at end of line; p.127, l.6, first ‘t' missing from ‘cigarette'. Issue significance, if any, not known.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). Sheilah McLeod: A Heroine of the Back Blocks. Skeffington & Son, 1897. Blank before half-title; frontispiece with tissue guard; title-page printed in red and black; green fine-diaper cloth lettered gilt and black-edged blind panels on spine and front cover, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover; fore- and lower- edges uncut; white end-papers printed florally grey-green. Some general wear to covers; signature on front blank; otherwise a nice copy.

One of Boothby's scarcest titles, from a small publisher. Hubin, p.41

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BOOTHBY (Guy). Doctor Nikola. Illustrated by Stanley L. Wood. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1898. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and numerous illustrations on text-paper; 4pp integral advertisements at end; bevelled royal blue buckram with full-colour pictorial onlay on front cover and spine, bordered gilt, front cover lettered white, spine lettered gilt, a.e. uncut. Nice copy.

First published in 1896. The present copy is identical with the first edition in design. Hubin, p.41

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BOOTHBY (Guy). The Lust of hate. Illustrated by Stanley L. Wood. London: Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C., New York and Melbourne, 1898. Cr.8vo; blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and five flates; 12pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+283+[i (blank)]+12; bevelled dark blue buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Poor quality end-papers lightly embrowned as usual; a very little light foxing and marking internally, but in general effect a fine, crisp copy, the striking cloth binding in fine state.

First issue: with the initial blank present that is absent in the second issue, and with the fore- and lower- edges left uncut instead of being rough-trimmed. Hubin, p.41: a Dr. Nikola story. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.12, 166, 248, 265, and 266, and are here bound in at those openings.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). The Lust of hate. Illustrated by Stanley L. Wood. London: Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, Warwick House, Salisbury Square, E.C., New York and Melbourne, 1898. Sm.cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and five flates; 12pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[vi]+283+[i (blank)]+12; bevelled dark blue buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges rough-trimmed. A very little light foxing and marking internally, but in general effect a fine, crisp copy, the striking cloth binding in fine state.

Second issue: without the initial blank found in the first issue, and with the fore- and lower- edges rough-trimmed instead of being left uncut (and resulting in a slightly smaller format). Hubin, p.41: a Dr. Nikola story. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.12, 166, 248, 265, and 266, and are here bound in at those openings.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). Across the world For a wife. Illustrated by J. Ambrose Walton. Ward, Lock & Co. Limited, 1898. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; bevelled royal blue buckram blocked gilt, lettered gilt outlined royal blue, on spine and front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. End-papers slightly cracked; scattered foxing; otherwise nice.

There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.76, 121, 177, 260, 267, 277, and 371, and are here so bound in. Hubin, p.41, listing this title as of doubtful status. It is in fact a mystery story involving the search for a missing heir, and the theft of two hundred thousand pounds worth of gold.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). Across the world For a wife. Illustrated by J. Ambrose Walton. Ward, Lock & Co. Limited, 1898. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; bevelled royal blue buckram blocked gilt, lettered gilt outlined royal blue, on spine and front cover, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Short closed tear in cloth at head of spine; gilt rubbed on spine, and cloth of spine slightly darkened; end-papers slightly cracked; otherwise a near-fine copy.

The plates face pp.76, 121, 177, 260, 267, 277, 371. Hubin, p.41, listing this title as of doubtful status. It is in fact a mystery story involving the search for a missing heir, and the theft of two hundred thousand pounds worth of gold.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). Pharos The Egyptian. Illustrated by John H. Bacon. Ward, Lock & Co. Limited, 1899. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and eleven plates; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; blue buckram embossed and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Free end-papers embrowned; otherwise a very fine copy.

Hubin, p.41; not in Wolff. A wierd phantasy about a magician who tries to destroy mankind with a virulent plague.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). A sailor's Bride. With illustrations by A. Wallis Mills. London: F.V. White & Co., 14, Bedford Street, Strand, W.C., 1899. Half-tone frontispiece and three plates; 12pp. integral advertisements at end (continuing the signatures); pp.[viii]+235+[i (printer's imprint)]+12; bevelled light purple buckram blocked gilt, lettered outline gilt, on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Covers badly faded, and gilt on spine barely visible; otherwise fine.

A scarce title. Hubin, p.41, listing this title as of undetermined status: it is in fact a sea story involving kidnapping and attempted murder. Not issued in America.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). The red rat's Daughter. Illustrated by Henry Austin. London, Ward, Lock and Co Limited, New York and Melbourne, 1899. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates; title-page with small ‘flying dragon' vignette; pp.384; bevelled royal blue buckram, embossed and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Half-title and some large uncut edges foxed; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy of a handsome book.

The first issue, with laid end-papers of good quality, showing no tendency to embrown. An ownership inscription on the front end-paper is dated 1899. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.179, 286, and 364, and are here so bound in. The cover design is signed with a monogram ‘O T'. Hubin, p.41.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). The red rat's Daughter. Illustrated by Henry Austin. London, Ward, Lock and Co Limited, New York and Melbourne, 1899. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates; title-page with small ‘flying dragon' vignette; pp.384; bevelled royal blue buckram, embossed and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. Covers a little darkened, and embossed gilt rubbed; slight wear to cloth at head and tail of spine; poor quality end-papers embrowned; prelims. foxed; two or three blank corners chipped; otherwise a nice copy.

The second issue, with poor quality laid end-papers, tending to embrown. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.179, 286, and 364, and are here so bound in. The cover design is signed with a monogram ‘O T'. Hubin, p.41.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). "Long live the King!" Illustrated by Edward Read. Ward, Lock & Co. Limited, 1900. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; bevelled dark blue buckram embossed and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; laid paper end-papers. Some foxing passim; a few leaves badly opened; short tear in blank lower margin of one leaf, and fore-margin of front end-paper; poor quality end-papers embrowned; otherwise a nice copy, the covers very crisp and bright.

Hubin, p.41; not in Sadleir; this title not in Wolff. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.46, 76, 82, 121, 292, 331, and 356, and are here so tipped in.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). The Woman of Death. C. Arthur Pearson Ltd, 1900. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates by Victor Prout; 4pp. integral advertisements, followed by publisher's 16pp. inserted ‘Autumn' catalogue at end; dark blue buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Very slight wear to head and tail of spine; a very little scattered foxing; last leaf of catalogue creased; otherwise a nice copy.

Hubin, p.41. Not issued in America.

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BOUNDEN (Joseph). The Murderer; Or, The fall of Lecas. A Tale. In two volumes. Printed at the Minerva-Press, For Lane, Newman, and Co., Leadenhall-street, 1808. 2 Vols., 12mo; half-titles not present; binder's blank before first title-page; final page of volume two publisher's advertisements; pp.[ii]+194; [ii]+187+[i]; contemporary full calf, gilt, anciently rebacked preserving the original spine label; marbled end-papers. Calf somewhat worn and peeling, and external joints cracked; short tear in first title-page, with no loss; leaf C1 in volume one lacking (without any essential loss of sense); otherwise a nice copy. Very rare.

Presentation copy, with the author's holograph inscription, dated March 31st 1814, to Anne Sophia Taylor, on the binder's blank. Light pencil notes/scoring on two leaves may possibly be authorial. We can trace no other copy of this novel, which is at least not in Block, Summers, Hubin, Sadleir, Wolff, the London Library Catalogue, NSTC, or the National Union Catalogue, though Blakey in the bibliography of the Minerva Press, p.225, lists the title (only), from an advertisement. According to Blakey, all Minerva Press books appear to have been issued with half-titles. Pastoral, philosophical, and psychological: a study of robbery, murder, and remorse. In this copy the following typographical errors have been noted. In volume one: p.18 ll.17, and 18, ‘others' for ‘other's'; in volume two: p.28, l.1, ‘no die!' for ‘not die!'; pp.68-9, catchword not repeated at head of page; p.102, l.14, ‘to' for ‘too'; p.140, penultimate line, ‘no' for ‘nor'; p.151, l.3, ‘mean' for ‘means'; p.175, l.14, ‘heartfult' for ‘heartfelt'.

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BOUSTEAD (Leila). The Blue Diamonds. F.V. White & Co., 14 Bedford Street, Strand, 1898. F'cap 8vo; pp.[viii]+119+[i (commercial advertisement)]; blue-grey buckram blocked with publisher's monogram black on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and blocked black, ruled and lettered gilt, on spine. Cloth bubbled, and a little marked and dull; front free end-paper lacking, back free end-paper not present, but possibly not called for; a very good copy, nonetheless.

Not in Hubin, or Wolff. Set largely in India and Ceylon, the story tells of the rival attempts of an Englishman (by impersonation and fraud) and an Indian (by stealth and force) to steal a packet of diamonds from a young Englishwoman.

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