Publication: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1918, Boston and New York
First edition. Light wear to the spine ends, rear cloth cover lightly soiled, else very good copy without dust jacket. 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." QUEEN'S QUORUM #61.
Inventory Number: 31994