New York: McClure, Phillips & Cp., 1900. 6 pp undated ads. Original green cloth decorated in black.
First Edition of this mystery by the writer who (beginning with THE LEAVENWORTH CASE in 1878) did so much to establish the popularity of the detective novel in the United States. A wealthy bookworm is found lying on a bearskin rug in the center of his "circular study," a dagger in his heart. This is a fine, bright copy of this handsomely-bound book (Nov. 1900 signature on the front endpaper, marginal damp-mark on the last few leaves). Wright III 4647. Item #11718