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Morrison, Arthur / Author of "gTales of Mean Streets"
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Ward, Lock & Bowden Limited, London, 1894. First in a series of volumes presenting the (first seven, here) cases of an early "rival of Sherlock Holmes." Someone -- either original owner W.L. Barnes, or the Leeds Library to which this volume was quickly donated -- delivered this book to Beck & Inchbole, Binders, Leeds, whose small sticker to bottom of front pastedown is dated 18-5-94, the year of publication. This copy was then handsomely (and sturdily) rebound in half leather over brown pebbled boards with five raised bands with (still astonishingly bright, unless they've been restored) gilt titles to spine. B&W frontispiece and the 50 (!) additional internal illustrations (not counting a room plan and a sketch of a note torn into several pieces) are all in place, though if there were originally publisher's ads at rear they were not bound in and are long gone. Likewise, if there were any preliminaries before the frontispiece, they too are gone. Other than the Leeds Library bookplate to front pastedown, the only other signs of library ownership are small round stampings to the blank versos of several of the full-page plates. Considerable wear to leather corners. On the title page, a curious type slug -- which we have represented with a lower-case "g" -- interposes between the opening double quotation marks and the capital "T" of "Tales of Mean Streets." 324 pp. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Cat's Curiosities [Pahrump, NV, U.S.A.]
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