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    Melville Davisson Post. The Man of Last Resort. New York: 1897. First edition, both the cloth and wrappers issue; Randolph Mason shorts.

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    Melville Davisson Post. The Man of Last Resort. Or the Clients of Randolph Mason. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1897. First edition, cloth issue. Octavo (6.75 x 4.875 inches; 172 x 125 mm.). xv, [1, blank], [2, contents (verso blank)], 284, [4, ads] pages, bound without the preliminary Hudson Library ad leaf found in the wrapper issue. Publisher's light brownish-orange cloth, spine and front board lettered in green; front board ruled in green with decorative cornerpieces; all edges of the text block trimmed; plain endpapers. Backstrip faintly darkened with a small, very minor dark blemish and light rubbing along the joints and spine ends; corners very lightly worn, bottom corners very gently bumped; very light reddish discoloration near the lower corner of the front board. Scant, trivial scuffing to the page edges; front hinge just barely starting; bottom corners of the text very slightly bent near toward the end of the text. Near fine. The Adrian Homer Goldstone copy, with his bookmark on the front pastedown.

    [Together with:] Another copy. First edition, wrapper issue. Octavo (6.75 x 4.875 inches; 172 x 125 mm.). [2, ads], xv, [1, blank], [2, contents (verso blank)], 284, [4, ads] pages. Publisher's yellow wrappers, printed in black. Spine slightly sloped and very gently rolled; wrappers a little soiled, narrow strip of brown staining to the backstrip along the front joint; short tear at the bottom edge of the front joint; edges lightly worn, corners rounded. Previous owner signature, pencil notations to the verso of the final leaf; very faint tidemark across the bottom corner of the text. Very good. No known priority between the two binding issues. From the Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction.

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