Publication: Grant Richards, 1899, London
First edition. 8vo. Dark blue cloth, illustration and titles stamped in gilt on the front cover and spine, ix [blank], 330  pp., teg, frontispiece, illustrated. This important Victorian novelist is noted for the shocking, for its time, The Woman Who Did, which openly spoke about sex, and An African Millionaire, a Queen’s Quorum title that featured the first ongoing rogue in fiction, preceding Raffles by two years. When he fell fatally ill before finishing his book, he asked his friend Arthur Conan Doyle to write the last section of Hilda Wade. Allen may have been among the first writers to make use of female sleuths. Miss Cayley is a bold, spontaneous, never-say-die heroine and in the twelve tales that are contained in this volume the reader is provided with a group of rousing and humorous tales of mystery and adventure. Former owner's neat bookplate on the front pastedown sheet, else a beautiful, bright, fresh copy of a handsomely designed book. The gold illustration of the titular character is as dazzling as the day it was issued. Rare in this condition and housed in a two-tone cloth and marbled paper over boards clamshell case with leather spine labels and titles stamped in gilt. A handsome presentation for a very special book.
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