First edition. Original blue cloth with an illustration of a woman riding a bike. 255pp plus a 32 pages of publisher's ads in the rear. With a one page testimonial for the books of the Rule-Of-Thumb detective. A collection of short mysteries, introducing Dora Myrl, who, in future works, becomes married to Bodkin's Rule of Thumb Detective, Paul Beck. In FAIR condition with a moderate to heavy accumulation of wear. Moderate uneven fading to the covers, with mostly minor soiling, a bit heavier to the rear. Moderate scuffing to the cloth. Heavy scuffing along the extremities, with the corners bumped and frayed, as well as fraying present to the cloth in several other places. Spine is very worn, being rather browned, and with heavy fraying and tearing to the cloth at the head and foot of the spine, suffering minor loss. Cloth split along the back hinge, with some minor tearing, with the front hinge split in several small sections. Two small areas of dark staining near the foot of the spine, with a small area of heavy fading, also in the same area. Interior front hinge is weak but intact. First front endpaper torn along most of the hinge. Text block solid with scattered soiling throughout, as well as very minor scattered foxing. Binding cracked at pages 48/49. Small number in pencil on the first page of text, with letters added, in pencil to the heading on one page. A few pages with dog ear creases or minor loss at their upper corners. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Dora Myrl. The Lady Detective
Publisher: Chatto and Windus
Publication Date: 1900
Book Condition: Fair
Edition: First Edition.
Book Description Chatto & Windus, London, 1900. Octavo, pp. [1-2]  2-255 [256: blank] + 32-page publisher's catalogue dated "Jan. 1900" inserted at rear, original pictorial blue cloth, front panel stamped in orange and black, spine panel stamped in gold, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First edition. A collection of short stories featuring Dora Myrl who later marries rival detective Paul Beck, thus becoming the first fictional husband and wife detective team. Glover and Greene, Victorian Detective Fiction 38. Queen, The Detective Short Story, p. 12. Hubbin (1994), p. 83. Wolff 562. Cloth worn at edges, inner rear hinge cracked, endpapers foxed, a good copy. Accompanied by a 4-page handwritten letter (ALs) dated 13 February 1904 from Bodkin the editor of an Irish weekly (worn at folds, some browning of paper). (#156318). Seller Inventory # 156318