Publication: Privately printed, nd (circa 1922), Cleveland, nd (circa 1922)
First edition. Fine, bright, internally clean copy. Seventeen short stories that feature the first correspondence-school detective, Philo Gubb. Queen's Quorum 61 says "The year 1918 also witnessed the arrival between covers of the first correspondence-school detective, a small-town paperhanger who commits a slight case of murder on the King's English every time he talks. Philo Gubb performs his rustic ratiocination in a yellow-lemon book, its front-cover illustration showing a tall, gaunt Holmesian figure wearing a cap and dressing gown, a long pipe sticking out of his Sherlockian face, an enormous microscope on the table behind him, a beautiful damsel sitting in the client's chair, a bookcase jammed with ponderous tomes in the background, and a framed diploma from the Rising Sun Detective Agency's Correspondence School on the wall." One of the first and best detective parodies. Sharp copy. QUEEN'S QUORUM #61.
Inventory Number: 37488