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THE MYSTERY OF THE HANSOM CAB. Signed
London: Jarrolds & Sons, n.d., 1888 Rare Presentation Copy. Sm. 8vo., 230pp. Original publisher's illustrated light cream covers, titled and decorated in red at the spine. A very good tight copy [small chip at the spine crown]. Inscribed by the author on the half title: "To / Will J. Benners / With best wishes / Fergus Hume." Not the impossibly rare first edition but the 401st thousand of this amazingly popular best seller. An excellent example of this normally very fragile book. "Ranks as the most successful Detective Story of all time" - Everyman's Dictionary of Literary Biography, 1960. In little more than a year, Handsom Cab Publishing, the first London publisher, issued more than 340,000 copies. The exceedingly rare original 1st edition was published by Kemp and Boyce of Melbourne. This is the Florence & Edward Kaye copy with their neat leather bookplate pasted on a panel of the chemise. Quarter red calf slipcase with 5 raised bands. [Likely acquired by the Kayes 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.. Signed by Author. 1st Edition.
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