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FREEMAN, R. Austin.

The Singing Bone.

Published: London: Hodder & Stoughton, [1912]

Stock code: 80915

Price: £625

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First edition, first impression, the first state of the text with the misprinted quotation marks on the title page and the second state of the binding, with black lettering rather than gilt. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Best wishes to R. C. Barrington Partridge from R. Austin Freeman”. Freeman was a pioneer of the inverted detective story, in which the identity of the killer is known from the beginning, and four of the five stories collected in this volume are constructed in such a manner.

Octavo. Original burgundy cloth, titles to spine gilt and to front board in black. Cloth rubbed, dulled, and bumped at extremities, some faint marks to cloth, spine faded, faint marginal toning to contents. A very good copy.

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