New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1909. 4 pp undated ads. Original very dark green cloth pictorially decorated in orange and black.
First American Edition. This was the fourth and last Hornung title to feature the cricketer and cracksman turned detective, Raffles, written by the brother-in-law of Conan Doyle. (There were other Raffles titles written in the 1930s by Barry Perowne, after Hornung's death.)~If Sherlock Holmes went from rough conception in his creator's mind to become first a recognisable human being and then a figure of myth, exactly the same process happened with A. J. Raffles. It happened perhaps on a lesser scale, but it happened securely nevertheless. Raffles is an abiding hero.~This is a bright copy, in perhaps near-fine condition (little wear or soil, some cracking of the endpapers). Reilly pp 817-820. Item #11502