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    M. McD. Bodkin, Q. C. Dora Myrl the Lady Detective. London: Chatto & Windus, 1900. First edition of this rare title. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Henry Ford: "Henry Ford / With the authors compliments /M McD Bodkin." Octavo. [viii], [1]-255, [1, blank] pages. With thirty-two page publisher's catalogue (dated "Jan 1900") inserted at rear. Publisher's full blue cloth, front board stamped in black and orange, spine lettered in gilt. Spine somewhat toned and edgeworn. Some light rubbing, thumbsoiling, edgewear to boards. Hinges starting. Some minor intermittent soiling or tears in text. A few leaves somewhat roughly opened. Still, a very good copy of this rare item. Housed in cloth clamshell case.

    Dora Myrl is a collection of short mystery stories by the Irish author and magistrate, Mattias McDonald Bodkin. Preceding this title was Paul Beck, the Rule of Thumb Detective (1898, a Queen's Quorum title). "Having created a detective of each sex... Bodkin contrived this duello in a novel called - note the title - The Capture of Paul Beck. At the end of the novel... Dora Myrl becomes Mrs. Paul Beck and thus inaugurating what is possibly the earliest family of detectives in mystery fiction." (Queen's Quorum, 23).


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