first edition Frontispiece after a drawing by T.E. Francis. 1 vols. 8vo
1907 · London
by Freeman, R. Austin
London: Collingwood Bros, 1907. First edition. Frontispiece after a drawing by T.E. Francis. 1 vols. 8vo. Original pictorial black cloth, upper cover with a bloody red thumbprint, lettering in white; white lettering on spine completely faded, as usual. Text block very slightly cocked, else a near fine copy. First edition. Frontispiece after a drawing by T.E. Francis. 1 vols. 8vo. Introducing Dr. Thorndylke. The second book by the creator of Dr. Thorndyke, but the first to introduce that "most carefully established crime savant since Sherlock Holmes," in the estimation of Christopher Morley. "Perhaps you will need to acquire a taste for Thorndyke - it is worth the time and effort; and when, as with old wine, you learn to appreciate the bouquet, flavor, and body of the Thorndyke vintage, you will have added a priceless ingredient to your enjoyment of the pure detective story." - Ellery Queen, QUEEN'S QUORUM.
A cornerstone detective novel, analyzing in great detail the new technique of fingerprinting (and the means of forging them). Barnes, p. 21; Binyon, pp. 17-18;
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