First U. S. edition. Translated from the French, with notes, historical and critical by T. Smollett M. D. and T. Francklin, A. M. Story contained in MISCELLANIES by Voltaire. The first book on the Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone list and excessively rare—the only copy we have ever seen, and it does not seem that any copies have sold at auction for more than twenty five years. Considered to be the "Great Grandfather of the Detective Story." Foxing and staining throughout. A good copy only of this seminal work bound in a full-leather contemporary binding. Housed in a cloth clamshell case with leather label on the spine and titles stamped in gold gilt.
Inventory Number: 44246