[signed by the author] New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1881. Undated endpaper ads. Original terra-cotta cloth with hanging sword in black.
First Edition of Anna Katharine Green's third book, a romantic mystery following THE LEAVENWORTH CASE (1878) and A STRANGE DISAPPEARANCE (1880). Green is often credited with being the first female detective novelist (not quite true); Detective Ebenezer Gryce of the NYPD (from the first two books) appears in this book as well. In some of the thirteen Detective Gryce books, he is "assisted" by the nosy spinster Amelia Butterworth, prototype for subsequent sleuths such as Miss Marple.
This copy is in terra-cotta cloth (one of numerous colors used without priority). Condition is bright and just about fine (just a trace of rubbing at some edges). The front flyleaf is signed by the author, "Anna Katharine Green Rohlfs | August 14th 1927" Item #14247