Philadelphia: T.B. Peterson & Brothers, 1879. Very Good -. Item #14379
Philadelphia: T.B. Peterson & Brothers, 1879. First Edition. Octavo; publisher's red decorative cloth embossed in black and gilt, grey glazed endpapers; ,19-350,(ads)pp.; pictorial publisher's ads bound in rear. Light wear to cloth extremities, corners bumped and spine a bit dulled, hinges cracked and a bit shaky, contemporary ownership ex libris to front pastedown, else a Good to Very Good copy, internally clean and sound. Complete, despite error in pagination.
Uncommon anonymously-published detective novel attributed to a John Carroll, author of the 1888 novel Leola. The title page helpfully provides a blurb attributed simply to "Critic," who describes the novel as "a very peculiar work of fiction," while "the destruction of a great country mansion, by fire, in England, in which the heroine and hero are saved by the devoted self-sacrifice of Trevellyan, the Earl's tried and true friend, is most powerfully written, and the death scene of the latter is a wonderful bit of tender pathos," leaving the reader to wonder what in the plot is left uncovered.
[Wright III 920].