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    E. W. Hornung. The Amateur Cracksman. London: Methuen & Co., 1899. First edition of the first book to feature the gentleman thief, A. J. Raffles. With the publisher's printed "With the Compliments of the Author" bookplate. Presentation bookplate affixed to front free endpaper. Octavo. [viii], 257, [1, blank], [1, colophon], [1, blank]. With publisher's thirty-nine page catalogue inserted at rear, dated "February 1899." Publisher's full red cloth, front board and spine stamped in gilt. Spine sunned, edgeworn and soiled, some rubbing, soiling to boards, endleaves a bit toned, a few gutters overopened or starting. Slightly skewed. Very good.

    A. J. Raffles and his sidekick Bunny Manders were intended to be parodies of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. This was particularly interesting, as Hornung and Arthur Conan Doyle were brothers-in-law. The Amateur Cracksman is dedicated to Doyle.

    Queen's Quorum 26. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone.

    [Together with:]

    E. W. Hornung. Dead Men Tell No Tales. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1899. First American edition.

    Octavo. [viii], 276, [4, ads], [4, blank] pages. Publisher's full green cloth, front board and spine stamped in gilt. Spine sunned and worn, some edgewear, soiling, and sunning to boards. Page 223-224 torn. Skewed. Good.


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