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The Speckled Band

Published by Stoke Moran, Boston, MA (1988)

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From: 221Books (Westlake Village, CA, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: Stoke Moran, Boston, MA, 1988. Wrappers. First Edition. Illustrated Copy number 89 of an edition of 350 Very Fine. A superb AS NEW copy. Seller Inventory # BOOKS015430I

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The Mystery of a Hansom Cab /: Hume, Fergus W.

Hume, Fergus W.

Published by The Hansom Cab Publishing Company, Ludgate Hill, London (1887)

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From: Cat's Curiosities (Pahrump, NV, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: The Hansom Cab Publishing Company, Ludgate Hill, London, 1887. Soft cover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. Undated but 1887. Intact with both front and rear wraps (ad for De Lossy Champagne to verso of rear wrap) attached, though missing bottom inch of spine covering. Contemporary bookseller's label of Frank Simpson, Sauchiehall St., Glasgow, affixed to bottom of front wrap. The first two printings, some 100,000 copies self-published by the author in Australia in 1886, are virtually unfindable. The author then sold the rights to a British consortium organized as "The Hansom Cab Publishing Company," which commenced printing this first British softcover edition in London in July, 1887, reportedly selling 3000,000 copies in the first six months, indicating this copy, bragging "Two Hundred and Twenty-Fifth Thousand," was likely published in the autumn of 1887. The wraps here are black-and-white, not green. Attachment of the wraps is a bit fragile; three-inch diagonal crease (shows as white line) to bottom right of front wrap. This copy is thus "good" but no better -- not bad for its age, though to simply read the text, today, it would probably be wiser to invest a smaller sum in a modern reprint. Melbourne's Detective Gorby tries to solve the mystery of the dead body found in the hansom cab, the author exposing the sharp class divide between Melbourne's upper crust and the city's street-dwellers as a vital component of the solution to the case. Leaving aside Poe's much earlier "Rue Morgue," this "throwaway" paperback is widely acknowledged as the first popular modern detective story, likely a strong influence on that other detective introduced by Dr. A. Conan Doyle in "A Study in Scarlet," later in 1887. 220 pp. with 7 pp. ads. Seller Inventory # 007462

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