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

ALEMAN (Mateo). The Amusing Adventures Of Guzman of Alfaraque. A Spanish Novel By Mateo Aleman. Translated by Edward Lowdell. Illustrated with engravings on steel from designs by Staal. London: Vizetelly & Co., 42 Catherine Street, Strand, 1883. Extra cr.8vo; fine engraved frontispiece and two plates drawn and engraved by G. Staal, all with red captions and tissue guards and on thick paper; wood-engraved head- and tail- pieces and initial letters to the chapters throughout; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[2]+viii+478+[ii]; diagonally very-fine-ribbed brown cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides and spine, pictorially blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others mainly trimmed; end-papers faced greenish black. Insignificant wear to cloth at head of front joint; half-title and advertisement leaf foxed by contact with the end-papers; first tissue a little foxed; back end-paper cracked; otherwise a fine copy of a very handsome book.

GB £30.00

US $40.50


The first printing of this translation of a book originally published in Spanish between 1599 and 1602, and first translated into English by Thomas Mabbe in 1622 (as ‘The Rogue’). Several editions appeared thereafter including a one by Brady in 1821. The present translator “has sought to divest the work of the tedious and to modern notion misplaced disquisitions on morality and religion with which the author, in accordance with the spirit and custom of his time, has interlarded and overloaded his subject” — translator’s Preface.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANONYMOUS. The Princess’s Complete story Novelettes. No.248 — Vol X.] Edited by Edwin J. Brett. [Price One Penny. Eileen o’Hara [sic] or Love’s sacrifice. [At start of text:] By the Author of ‘By The Sad Sea Waves,’ ‘Nellie’s Conquest,’ &c. [At end of text:] Printed by Vincent Brooks, Day and Son, Gate Street, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, for the Proprietor, Edwin J. Brett, 173, Fleet Street. November 24, 1890. Sm.f’cap folio format, 16pp. paged [305]-320, printed in double column, wire-stitched; elaborate wood-engraved title-page with start of text on verso; nine wood-engraved illustrations in text. Lacking the staples, otherwise a fine copy of a very scarce title.

GB £45.00

US $60.75


Attempted murder by proxy; murder; the suppression of a will; rent rises, evictions, and troubles in Ireland: all graphically described, the author being evidently Irish and familiar with the contemporary rural scene. Amusingly, one of the detectives is called ‘Moriarty’! In this copy the following erratum has been noted, presumably as always: p.319, col.1, line 3: ‘Mention of you’ for ‘mention but of you’.

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

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; wire-stabbed, through wrappers; issued without end-papers. A very fine copy.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


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, 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. Four stories and two anecdotes. The third story, ‘A Black Mare with a White Star’ is a detective story involving highway robbery by T.W. Speight; the fourth, ‘A Hand and a Ring’ is a murder mystery by G. Lamley. The episodic title story set in New Zealand is by the Rev. C. Elliott. (Authors identified in ‘Chambers’s Journal 1854 — 1910 Indexes to Fiction’ by Sue Thomas.) Not in Hubin.

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

ANTHOLOGY. Tales from Chambers’s Journal: The Winning hazard. W. & R. Chambers, Limited, N.D. [1885]. F’cap 8vo; pp.144; half-title not called for; large wood-engraved head piece and tail pieces to the chapters; yellowish brown wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; issued without end-papers. Short tear in lower edge of front wrapper, but no loss; otherwise a fine copy.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


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 were in fact twelve titles, the present being number ten. 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, as here, 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. A novelette involving embezzlement, fraud, attempted murder — and the rigging up of a corpse to sign a will! Set largely in Welsh Wales. Not in Hubin.

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

ANTHOLOGY. Tales from Chambers’s Journal: The Winning hazard. W. & R. Chambers, Limited, N.D. [1885]. F’cap 8vo; pp.144; half-title not called for; large wood-engraved head piece and tail pieces to the chapters; yellowish brown wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; wire-stabbed, through wrappers; issued without end-papers. A very fine copy.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


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 were in fact twelve titles, the present being number ten. 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, as in the present copy. In addition some copies bearing the legend ‘PRICE SIXPENCE’ are sewn in the normal way instead of being wire-stabbed. A novelette involving embezzlement, fraud, attempted murder — and the rigging up of a corpse to sign a will! Set largely in Welsh Wales. Not in Hubin.ec According to Jarndyce bookseller’s Catalogue LVII the story is by Mrs. Alexander.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

ANTHOLOGY. Tales from Chambers’s Journal: Dashmarton’s legacy And A cast of the net. 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.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


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. The signatures in the present volume make clear that this is number 12. It was in fact the last of the series issued. 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, as in the present copy. In addition some copies bearing the legend ‘PRICE SIXPENCE’ are sewn in the normal way instead of being wire-stabbed. Volumes in paper wrappers from this period are scarce, especially in fine state. Both stories are detective, the first involving the efforts of a private enquiry agent to recover a stolen £500 bank note; the second subtitled “The story of a detective officer". Not in Hubin.

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

BOLTON (Sidney). Lord Wastwater. By Sidney Bolton. In two volumes. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1892. 2 Vols., post 8vo, bound in one, as issued; blank before half-title, blank at end in each volume; pp.[viii]+294+[ii]; [viii]+285+[iii]; deep scarlet morocco cloth, ruled and blocked blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine (spine lettered with title, ‘two vols in one’ and price, ‘21/-’ only); t.e. uncut; end-papers coated yellow. Two or three small tears to cloth at head- and tail of spine unobtrusively repaired; end-papers renewed; slight dusting of first few leaves; a couple of fox-spots on fore-edges; final blank in volume two somewhat marked and scuffed (it looks as though it might at some point have been pasted down); otherwise, and in general effect, a nice copy. Scarce.

GB £260.00

US $351.00


An unusually structured true detective novel, with a fin-de-siècle theme, owing something in its conception, perhaps, to Dostoievsky, that would almost certainly have received a mention by Haycraft if he had ever come across it. Not in Hubin; Wolff, 594, recording a presentation copy ‘from the authoress’ of the two volume issue in dark blue fine diaper-grain cloth, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine, with black [coated] end-papers, and a 24pp. publisher’s catalogue dated 8/92 inserted at the end. Wolff does not mention the final blank to volume two, possibly by an oversight: it is necessary to complete the full sheet. In this copy, probably as always, there is a risen space after ‘this’ in volume two, at p.124, l.11

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

[CROFT (Sir Herbert).]. Love and madness. A story too true; In a Series of letters Between parties, Whose names would perhaps be mentioned, Were They less known, or less lamented. Ipswich: Printed and sold by J. Raw; And sold also by Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, London, 1809. F’cap 8vo; half-title not called for; engraved frontispiece after A. Bude; final leaf a single inset, with the stub visible before M1; pp.xx+177+[i (verse and imprint)]; original brown paper-covered boards, drab paper spine, white label; a.e. uncut. One inch piece chipped from head of spine, and slight cracking to joints externally; price neatly erased from spine; otherwise a fine copy of a rare edition.

GB £120.00

US $162.00


The first Ipswich edition of a novel published originally in 1780, and based on the real-life murder of Miss Martha Ray, the mistress of Lord Sandwich, by James Hackman. It was reprinted in London by A.K. Newman and Co. in 1822, and in the U.S.A. as late as 1895, under the title: ‘The Love Letters of Mr. H. and Miss R.’ A considerable portion of the book relates to Thomas Chatterton, and includes a number of his poems and letters, published for the first time in the 1780 edition. The frontispiece is subscribed “Ipswich, Pub. May 11 1809, by J. Raw". Slight indentations suggest that the erasure from the label may have read ‘3/6d boards’. COPAC records only the British Library and V. & A. copies of this printing, and an apparently defective one held by the National Trust.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CUSHING (Paul [i.e., Richard (or Roland) Alexander Wood-Seys]). The Great Chin episode. By Paul Cushing, Author of “A Woman with a Secret” “The Blacksmith of Voe", “Cut with his own Diamond", Etc. London, Adam and Charles Black, 1893. Integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[vi]+256+[ii]; bright blue horizontal straight grain crushed morocco cloth, ruled black, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e. uncut. Slight dulling to cloth of spine; two or three leaves opened a trifle roughly, and a little scattered foxing, significant only on two gatherings; otherwise a very nice copy.

GB £75.00

US $101.25


A murder mystery set in an English market town. Not in Hubin or Sadleir; this title not in Wolff.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DICKENS (Charles). Hunted down: A story. By Charles Dickens. With some account of Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, The poisoner. [Woodcut vignette of ‘The Fatal House, No.12, Conduit Street, W.’] London: John Camden Hotten, 74 & 75, Piccadilly, N.D. [1870]. Sm.f’cap 8vo; pp.89+[i (printer’s imprint)]; Victorian half red polished sheep, ruled gilt on sides, tooled and lettered gilt up spine, oil-marbled sides and matching end-papers; t.e.g. Very slight rubbing to leather of spine, and small corner cut from front end-paper; some scattered light foxing passim; a nice copy, nonetheless.

GB £250.00

US $337.50


Queen’s Quorum, 4, denominating it ‘HQR’ (i.e., as having Historical significance, Quality, and Rarity); Eckel, p.199. The first English and first separate edition of a story originally serialised in the issues of ‘The New York Ledger’ for August 20th and 27th, and September 3rd, 1859, and then in England in ‘All the Year Round’, August 4th and 11th, 1860 (Eckel erroneously says ‘April’). The story was first collected in book form in Leipzip by Bernhard Tauchnitz in 1860 in a collection which also included the first appearance in book form of ‘The Uncommercial Traveller’ sketches, and reprinted in a collection with other stories (‘The Lamplighter’s Story; Hunted Down; The Detective Police; and Other Nouvelletes’) by T.B. Peterson and Brothers of Philadelphia in 1861. Eckel seems not to have known of the Tauchnitz printing, and lists the Philadelphia printing as the first collected appearance.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DONOVAN (Dick [i.e., J.E. Preston Muddock].). The chronicles Of Michael Danevitch Of the Russian secret service. By Dick Donovan Author of ‘The Man-hunter,’ ‘Tracked and Taken,’ ‘Caught at Last,’ ‘A Detective’s Triumphs,’ ‘Vidocq,’ etc[.] London, Chatto & Windus, 1897. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; 8pp. text-paper advertisements, probably printed conjugate with prelims., followed by publisher’s inserted catalogue, 32pp., at ens, dated Feb. 1897 and advertising this volume as ‘shortly’; pp.[viii]+304+8; vertically fine-ribbed navy blue cloth ruled and elaborately blocked silver on front cover and spine; end-papers printed with leaf-and-frond pattern in olive green; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Very slight rubbing to cloth at extreme head of spine (affecting the top 2mm); two leaves of catalogue opened a little roughly, and catalogue lightly enbrowned; nonetheless a virtually fine copy with none of the usual oxydation of the silver blocked on the spine.

GB £240.00

US $324.00


Copies are also known in which the back cover is blocked with the publisher’s monogram device in blind. They have the same catalogue, and were presumably of simultaneous issue. Most of the stories are cases of the celebrated Russian detective as related to fellow detective Dick Donovan. The last story, “The Clue of the Dead Hand,” features detective Peter Brodie and has a Scottish setting. It tells of a murder and a simultaneous mysterious disappearance at Corbie Hall, “a strange, weird sort of place...” that has “an eeriness about it...calculated to make one shudder.” As much a rationalized ghost story as a detective story, it also involves male impersonation. Glover and Greene, Victorian Detective Fiction, 111; Queen, The Detective Short Story, p.34; Hubin, p.124; Wolff 4957, mis-reporting the text-paper advertisements at the end as a ‘publisher’s catalogue’.

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

DOWLING (Richard). An isle of Surrey. A Novel. By Richard Dowling, Author of “The Mystery of Killard,” “The Duke’s Sweetheart,” “Under St. Paul’s,” “Miracle Gold,” etc. In three volumes. Ward and Downey, 12, York Street, Covent Garden, London, W.C., 1889. 3 Vols.; final blank in volumes one and two; pp.[viii]+245+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; [viii]+245+[i (printer’s imprint)]+[ii]; [viii]+255+[i (printer’s imprint)]; diagonally fine-ribbed light olive-green cloth, ruled and blocked black on sides, ruled black, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges mainly trimmed; end-papers coated pale yellow. Slight wear to extremities of spines, and small rub-holes in cloth of joints in volumes one and three; gilt of ‘AN ISLE’ a little rubbed in volume two; end-papers re-glued at hinge in volume one; Smith’s Subscription Library label on front paste-down in each volume; otherwise a nice copy, virtually fine internally.

GB £180.00

US $243.00


Hubin, p.125; not in Sadleir; Wolff, 1879, describing the cloth colour as ‘bistre’. This is an effect of age, and the covers have darkened somewhat in the present copy as well: the original colour, as shown by the turnovers of the cloth behind the head and tails of the spines, was light olive green. In the present copy they have darkened uniformly to a brownish olive.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

DOYLE (A. Conan). The memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes. Illustrations by Sidney Paget. London: George Newnes, Limited, Southampton Street and Exeter Street, Strand, 1894 [i.e., 13th December, 1893]. (All rights reserved). Sm.roy.8vo; frontispiece on text-paper precedes half-title; numerous illustrations in text; pp.[viii (including frontispiece)]+279+[i (blank)]; bevelled dark blue buckram, blocked and lettered black, lettered gilt, and black outlined gilt on front cover, lettered, ruled, blocked, and panelled gilt, ruled and lettered black, on spine; a.e.g.; white end-papers printed with apple blossom design in lime green. Gilt panels on spine slightly rubbed as usual; frontispiece excised (v.note); some scattered foxing as usual with this title, mostly very light; later ownership inscription on front end-paper; in general a nice copy.

GB £720.00

US $972.00


Presentation copy from George Newnes, inscribed on the back of the front end-paper in a florid hand “Presented / by the / Proprietors / of / Tit Bits” and in a different hand: “Special Prize from Chertsey Show, 1897.” This is late for a copy of the first edition still to be in the publisher’s hands: a second edition had, after all been called for during 1894, whilst a further edition (under a different title) was issued during 1897. We hypothesize that this was an office copy that had been made un-saleable by the removal of the frontispiece — possibly as printer’s copy for some other edition — and was here thriftily used up as an advertisement. Issued as Volume 3 of ‘The Strand Library’. Sadleir, 746; Hubin, p.125; De Waal, 596; Green & Gibson, A14, recording this variant of the end-paper pattern only as printed in grey.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

FLETCHER (Alfred H.). The Clevelands of the Peak. A Derbyshire Romance. By Alfred H. Fletcher, Author of “Lost in the Mine,” “Told at the Snake,” &c. John Heywood, Deansgate and Ridgefield, Manchester; 29 & 30, Shoe Lane, London, E.C. N.D. [1897]. Double cr.16mo; half-title not called for; 4pp. integral commercial advertisements at end (v. note); pp.299+[v]; moss green diagonally very fine-ribbed faintly moiré silk-textured cloth lettered gilt on spine; front end-papers printed on all visible surfaces with commercial advertisements. Some barely visible spotting to front cover, affecting only the sheen of the cloth; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

GB £35.00

US $47.25


All the advertisements, with one exception, are for Sheffied traders; the exception hails from Manchester. A detective murder story set in ‘Hallam’ (read ‘Sheffield’) and Manchester in 1854, with a background of industrial unrest and slight elements of the occult, in general well-written once it gets past the first few chapters. The manuscript read ‘Sheffield’ for ‘Hallam’, as is made evident by an erratum on p.106. Includes some dialect, chiefly discernable in speech rhythms. Not in Hubin, Sadleir, Wolff, or Summers; British Library, National Library of Scotland, Oxford, Cambridge, and Manchester copies only on COPAC.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUE, File D: Nineteenth Century Detective Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

GALLON (Tom). Dicky Monteith: A love story. London: Hutchinson & Co, Paternoster Row, 1898. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; 5pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[2]+vi+339+[v]; blue buckram blocked with an art nouveau design in black, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut; laid-paper end-papers. Two or three scattered spots passim, but a nice copy.

GB £40.00

US $54.00


A love-story, involving — don’t they all? — a floater of sham companies, a robbery, a robbery with violence, the obtaining of money under false pretences, and a couple of incidental drownings, but essentially concerned with the characters of the weak but good hero and that of the strong but good heroine who are well drawn and presented. A well-written book, remarkable for making the character of a good man interesting. Not in Sadleir or Wolff; this title not in Hubin, who seems to have listed almost everything, mostly with query marks as to status. Presumably here the sub-title put him off, though, despite the criminality basic to the plot, there is no detective interest. The author’s third book. In this copy p.159, l.10 has the reading ‘fragrant’ for ‘fragment’: state or issue significance undetermined.

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

GREEN (Anna Katharine [Mrs. Charles Rohlfs].). Cynthia Wakeham’s Money. By Anna Katharine Green Author of “The Leavenworth Case,” “Hand and Ring,” “The Mill Mystery,” “The Old Stone House,” etc. etc. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 27, West Twenty-third Street / London, 24, Bedford Street, Strand, 1892. Double f’cap 16mo; half-title not called for; blank and integral half-tone frontispiece precede title-page; pp.[4 (including frontispiece)]+iv+336; diagonally fine-ribbed brown and cream mixed-weave cloth blocked dark brown and brownish-pink, lettered dark brown, on front cover, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with fine-seaweed-frond pattern in green. Fine copy.

GB £290.00

US $391.50


The more expensive issue, in cloth, of a book also known in wrappers. A scarce title in either issue, especially fine, as here. A melodramatic story, involving a curse and an apparent haunting. Hubin, p.180

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