New York: Dodd, Mead and Company. 1907. First American edition in book form. Octavo (), pp. 342. With four black and white plates illustrated by the Kinneys, including a frontispiece. Publisher's black cloth titled and blocked in red. Internally fine, but for soft vertical crease to p.213. Minor handling, discreet ink note to rear. Light rubbing to cloth. Very good. Originally serialised in the 'Strand Magazine'. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone title; one of the most important books of crime-detective-mystery stories. 'An unforgettable tour de force that no devotee should miss... had Futrelle lived beyond his thirty seventh year he might well have become one of the leading names in the development of the American detective story.' Futrelle was another of those characters who seemed able to write hundreds of novels covering almost any subject whilst also pursuing a career as a telegram operator, journalist and probably a whole host of other stuff. Strangely enough Futrelle (an American) was in Europe in 1912 seeing publishers and exploring new ground for his stories; he decided to return home on a brand new ship called the Titanic, and is numbered amongst the lost of that disaster. Item #31125
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