The Adventures of Romney Pringle.
Illustrations by Fred Pegram.London : 1902 Stock Code: 86252
NotesFirst edition, first impression, of the author's first detective book, "published under the pseudonym of Clifford Ashdown and written by Freeman together with a medical colleague John James Pitcairn who was also a prison officer, is said to be the rarest book of crime short stories" (Julian Symons, Bloody Murder: From the Detective Story to the Crime Nove: A History, 1972, p. 86). Four of Richard Austin Freeman's books are Haycraft Queen Cornerstones.
Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine and front board in gilt, illustration to front board in white.
W. H. Smith & Son blind-stamp to front free endpaper. Fading to spine and around board edges, some marks to front board, rubbing to ends and corners, faint spotting to endpapers; a very good copy.
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