London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1905. [Detective fiction] First Colonial Edition. Octavo (19 x 14cm), pp.[viii]; 403; , imprint; , advertisements. With a frontispiece illustration by Sidney Paget. Publisher's pictorial light blue-green cloth titled and decorated in gilt and black to the spine and front board, 'swan' patterned endpapers. Some edge-spotting else internally clean. Booksellers ticket to pastedown (Sidney, Australia) Minor rubbing and age-related handling to the cloth but essentially a crisp, bright copy of this uncommon overseas first; although issued in a similar format to the Newnes' edition, this cloth is much less hard wearing and rather more prone to soiling than the regular dark blue home market binding. This is a particularly nice example. Item #46175
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