Publication: New Amsterdam Book Company, 1896, New York
First U. S. edition. 8vo. vi, 312 pp. 8 black & white illustrated plates by A. Burnham Shute. Blue cloth with striking Arts & Crafts black design & gilt lettering. Light \wear to spine ends, and extremities, internally clean with faint evidence of several pages with upper corners having been creased, else a very good copy of an uncommon publication (we locate via OCLC only 3 copies in American institutions). In "A Son of Ishmael," a crime novel set in the seedy underworld of London, Nancy Follett swears to her dying father that she will use a private detective to search for her brother's murderer. L. T. Meade was the pseudonym of Elizabeth Thomasina Meade Smith (1844–1914), a prolific writer of girls' stories of which the most famous was 'A World of Girls,' published in 1886. She also wrote 66 mystery novels. Meade was a feminist and a member of the Pioneer Club, progressive women's club founded in London in 1892 by the social worker and temperance activist Emily Massingberd. For eleven years (1887–98) Meade edited 'Atalanta,' a sophisticated literary periodical for girls.
Inventory Number: 50967