Publication: Frank F Lovell & Company, 1889, New York
First U. S. edition. Originally published in London by Chatto as a hardcover issue in 1888, and also by Ivers as a paperback issue in 1888. Issued in the U. S. as a paperback edition, however this copy is in a cloth binder with the original front and rear covers affixed to the front and rear panels, and with the original front and rear inside panels affixed to the front and rear pastedown sheets. The first four pages are fragile and have been reinforced at the fore-edges, the fifth page has a small piece removed from the top corner edge that does not affect the text, all page edges are uniformly browned, else a very good, tight, well-protected copy in a new cloth binder with titles stamped in blue on the spine. QUEEN'S QUORUM 14. Contains thirteen short stories included in order of appearance THE SALTMARKET MURDER CASE, THE LADY IN THE SEALSKIN CLOAK, THE ROBBERY OF THE DUCHESS OF B----'S JEWELS, THE TUFT OF RED HAIR, THE PEARL NECKLACE, A STRANGE CORPSE, THE GENTLEMAN SMASHER, THE DEVIL'S DOZEN, A RIVER MYSTERY, THEMYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF HELEN ATKINSON, THE SKELETON IN THE CUPBOARD,HOW I SNARED THE COINERS, and THE RECORD OF A STRANGE ADVENTURE. Ellery Queen's Queen's Quorum 14 says, "In the same year, 1888, another prolific writer made his debut in the short-story field, Dick Donovan, whose real name was Joyce Emmerson Preston Muddock. Like 'Waters' and 'M'Govan' before him, Donovan wrote in the first person and was, so to speak, his own detective; and like both, Donovan's importance today is chiefly historical." THE MAN-HUNTER is his first volume of short stories. A very scarce and attractively presented title.
Inventory Number: 31370