First edition. First edition of this Queen’s Quorum title (#2, preceded only by Poe’s Tales in the history of the detective short story. A rare book to find in the original yellowback format; original covers laid down, lacking the spine, former owner's small name stamp on front pastedown sheet and a small inked number on the front fly leaf, else a very good copy with interior clean. "Waters" is identified as a detective in the Metropolitan police and many of his cases are reported in this book, which is quite readable. This book is a result of the publicity and public relations of the new Metropolitan Police which had been established in the 1820s. An interesting and early historical book in the early days of crime and mystery fiction. Also an early Haycraft/Queen Cornerstone mystery title and a rare book. Housed in a cloth clamshell case with titles stamped in red on the spine and front cover of the book reproduced on the front of the case.
Inventory Number: 41598