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The Four Just Men.

Published: London: Tallis Press, 1905

Stock code: 80440

Price: £750

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First edition, first impression. This famous piece of detective fiction is notable for being an early example of interactive media, as the identity of the murderer was withheld pending the result of the competition between readers to solve the mystery. Cash prizes were on offer totalling the huge sum of £500. By some accounts the mystery was no such thing and the publishers were inundated with correct entries and disappointed customers. A particularly beautiful copy with the mail-in slip intact and still attached to its stub at the back of the book.

Octavo. Original orange cloth, titles to spine and upper board in black. Bookseller’s blind stamp to front free endpaper. Cloth very slightly rubbed at the tips, some spotting to endpapers and early leaves and occasional small spots to margins of contents thereafter, as often. A lovely, bright copy in excellent condition with the competition slip intact.

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