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GREEN, Anna Katherine.

The Filigree Ball:

Being a Full and True Account of the Solution of the Mystery Concerning the Jeffrey-Moore Affair. Illustrated by C. M. Relyea.

Published: Indianapolis, IN: The Bobs-Merrill Company, 1903

Stock code: 83721

Price: £1,500

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First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author to American First Lady Edith Roosevelt on the front free endpaper, “Mrs. Roosevelt, Compliments of Anna K. Green Rohlfs. March 23rd 1903”. Additionally inscribed by Mrs. Roosevelt to her son on the front pastedown, “For Kermit from Mother”. Anna Katherine Green’s first novel, The Leavenworth Case, was the first American detective novel and the first detective fiction written by a woman – “one of the true historical milestones of the genre” (Haycroft, Murder for Pleasure, page 93). Uncommon inscribed.

Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine gilt, titles and pictorial design to upper board in red and gilt. Spine rolled and toned, cloth a little rubbed at extremities, rear hinge cracked, occasional faint spotting in margins of contents. An excellent copy.

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