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THE MYSTERY OF THE HANSOM CAB
London: Hansom Cab Publishing Co., 1887 First UK edition [Second Edition overall] & earliest available impression - The Seventy-Fifth Thousand. [No copy has come to auction in over 25 years] Sm. 8vo., 230pp. Original publisher's illustrated light blue-grey covers, titled & decorated in black. A very good tight copy showing minimal wear; small lower corner chip, some light edgewear, etc. contents bright & fresh. An extraordinary example of this normally very fragile book. "Ranks as the most successful Detective Story of all time" - Everyman's Dictionary of Literary Biography, 1960. Although usually described as the first UK edition, is actually the second edition of which 340,000 copies were issued in little more than a year. The exceedingly rare original first edition was published by Kemp and Boyce of Melbourne in 1886 before the London Hansom Cab Publishing Co. printings. [Acquired from the House of El Dieff in 1976] The Collector No.273, p43. Graham Greene and Dorothy Glover; Victorian Detective Fiction [Appendix], (1966). Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone.. 1st Edition.
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