JEPSON, Edgar, & Maurice Leblanc.
From the Play by Maurice Leblanc and Francis De Croisset.
First edition, first impression, in the scarce jacket. It was originally a four-part play written by Maurice Leblanc and Francis de Croisset, and subsequently novelized by Leblanc and published in French 1909, followed by Jepson’s translation into English the same year. The first story in Leblanc’s Lupin series, “The Arrest of Arsène Lupin”, was published in the French magazine Je sais tout on 15 July 1905.
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Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine gilt and to front board in red, small photographic portrait of the author to front board. With the dust jacket. Spine slightly rolled, edges lightly foxed; an excellent copy in the jacket with browned spine panel, shallow chips and tears to extremities, with repairs to verso.