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    Mary Roberts Rinehart. The Man in Lower Ten. With Illustrations by Howard Chandler Christy. Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, [1909]. First edition of the author's first novel.
    Octavo. [x], 372, [3, blank] pages. With full color frontispiece and four full color plates by Christy inserted throughout. Publisher's full green cloth, front board paneled in blind, front board and spine lettered in white. In the rare original publisher's dust jacket. Cloth spine a bit dull, some light wear, thumbsoiling to boards, previous owner's inscription blotted out in black marker on the front free endpaper (although it bleeds through to the recto of that leaf, it doesn't stain the half-title), a few gutters lightly overopened, some small ink markings on rear pastedown. Many text pages are creased at the upper portion near the inner margin - this appears to be either paper flaws, or flaws made during printing. Jacket is toned, edgeworn, chipped (mainly at the spine and corners), and has several short creased tears. There is some wear and scuffing to the jacket panels, affecting the illustrations. Still, a very good example of a rare item.

    "Aggressively advertised by her publishers, it was said that the berth "Lower Ten" was unsalable in Pullmans for some time after its publication." (Lilly, The First Hundred Years of Detective Fiction, 91).


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