London: Collier and Co., 1908. First edition. Octavo, pp.224. Near fine in publisher's ribbed bottle green clothtitled in gilt to the spine and front board. Decorated in blind to front board with two pictorial inlays. Light bumping to head and tail of spine otherwise fine. Internally clean A splendid copy. Jacques Heath Futrelle (April 9, 1875 - April 15, 1912) was an American journalist and mystery writer. He is best known for writing short detective stories featuring the "Thinking Machine", Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen. Returning from Europe aboard the RMS Titanic, Futrelle, a first-cabin passenger, refused to board a lifeboat insisting his wife board instead, according to his wife, with the belief that her boarding would give him a better chance of surviving; he perished in the Atlantic. Item #35871
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