London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1913. [Mystery] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (20 x 15cm), pp.312. Publisher's mid blue cloth, titled in black to upper, gilt titled to spine, lacking the rare dust-jacket. Neat bookplate to pastedown, one discreet ink stamp to flyleaf, minor wear to cloth. A clean, bright, near fine copy. A.E.W. Mason was an unsuccessful actor turned novelist, who achieved considerable success during the 'Golden Era' of crime fiction. Best remembered for 'The Four Feathers' (1902), he was also the creator of Inspector Hanaud of the French Surete, who made his debut in 'At the Villa Rose' (1910). 'Hanaud was the first official policeman of importance in twentieth century detective fiction.' (Steinbrunner and Penzler). Item #27982
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