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The Leavenworth Case / A Lawyer's Story / New Knickerbocker Novels
G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York 1880 - A "New Knickerbocker novel," reportedly the first full-length mystery penned by an American woman, Anna Katherine Green, who also introduced the "girl detective" (though not here) and the "NYPD police detective" (Detective Ebenezer Gryce, right here.) Spine darkened; small bang to top center of front board. 1878 copyright date is only date showing; no date to title page. (First edition should be dated "1878" to title page; 1879 printings generally dated "1879" to title page.) The tipped-in fold-out "clue" is still present at page 234, in nice shape though with a two-inch diagonal tear at bottom corner where it's bound in. (Could be easily repaired with a small piece of tape, though we have not done so.) Letter "f" missing from last line on page 215. Publisher's "Summer Reading" ads to front endpapers here list Green's second novel, "A Strange Disappearance" (variously listed 1879 or 1880) but none later. Also listed is Charles J. Bellamy's labor-union romance "The Breton Mills" (1879) and Annette Lucille Noble's "Uncle Jack's Executors," which may be as late as 1880. SO: An early copy of an historically important American detective novel, complete with "fold-out clue" and with original publishers' ads to the four blue-gray endpapers front and back, but not the first printing; probably early 1880. 475 pp. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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