Welcome to Peter Harrington Books

126189 126189_1
126189
HUME, Fergus W.

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab....

A Startling and Realistic Story of Melbourne Social Life.

Availability: In stock

Published: London The Hansom Cab Publishing Company, 1887

Stock Code: 126189

£7,500
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First UK edition, earliest practically obtainable impression with seventy-fifth thousand on the title page. The novel, one of the greatest and most successful of all detective stories, had met with enormous enthusiasm when first published in Australia in 1886. The author foolishly sold the copyright for a paltry sum to the businessman Frederick Trischler, who travelled to London and founded The Hansom Cab Publishing Company in 1887. They printed 25 thousand copies a month from July onwards, with this being the third, September impression. Hundreds of thousands of copies would be sold by the end of the century. Any copy under the hundred thousand mark is exceedingly difficult to find, especially in such condition.

Confused? Read our glossary

Description

Octavo. Original green printed wrappers.

Condition

Small mark and chip to front cover, a few tiny nicks, rust stains around staples, some nicks and very light soiling to pages. Overall an excellent, unrestored copy of this highly fragile novel.

Delivery

With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200. View Full Details

DO YOU HAVE A BOOK TO SELL?
OR
CAN’T FIND THE BOOK YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?

Contact us with details of the book you are interested in or selling and we will contact you

Sell to us Help me find a book

Peter Harrington Limited. Registered office: WSM Services Limited, Connect House, 133-137 Alexandra Road, Wimbledon, LONDON SW19 7JY.
Registered in England and Wales No:3609982 Copyright © 2018, Peter Harrington. All rights reserved.

credit cards logo