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The Lady, Or The Tiger? And Other Stories. by Frank R. Stockton

The Lady, Or The Tiger? And Other Stories.

by Frank R. Stockton

Publication: New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1884,

First edition. Former owner's neat bookplate on front pastedown sheet, his inked name to top of title page, and a bit of professional touch-up to the spine ends, corners, and rear cover, else very good in two-tone pictorial cloth, issued without dust jacket. Queen's Quorum 12 says "Two years after ARABIAN NIGHTS, there appeared in book form a literary riddle whose fame has increased steadily with the passing years. This tale of pure mystery has no detective in the story, but there are countless detectives outside the story .... all created by the author's last sentence which reads: 'And so I leave it with all of you: Which came out of the opened door, ... the lady, or the tiger?' This question has transformed every reader (literally millions since 1884) into an Armchair Detective. It is interesting to record, however, that no satisfactory solution of the problem has ever been advanced." First edition of a classic story.

Inventory Number: 46408

$475.00