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The Expressman and The Detective.

Published: Chicago: W. B. Keen, Cooke & Co. 1874

Stock code: 48095

Price: £225

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First edition. First title issued in the series Pinkerton’s Detective Stories; “The narration of some of the most interesting of these events, happening in connection with my professional labors, is the realization of a pleasure I have long anticipated … [they] are all true stories, transcribed from the Records in my offices” (preface).

Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine and upper board lettered and elaborately decorated in gilt and black, centred on the Pinkerton Agency logo of an eye captioned “We never sleep”, lower board with blind panelling, cream coated endpapers. 14 engraved plates with tissue guards, contemporary gift inscription to initial blank. Slightly cocked, rubbed and a little frayed at extremities, a few spots to prelims, endpapers a little finger-soiled, otherwise a very good copy.

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