Illustrated by Lucius Hitchcock. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1902. Original red cloth decorated in gilt.
First Edition of this mystery parodying those of Sherlock Holmes (published the same year as THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES). Holmes, visiting his nephew Fetlock Jones at a California silver mining camp, applies exaggerated deductive logic to a murder case -- only to be proven wrong by an amateur who ignores all logic but has an astounding sense of smell. This American edition, published two months before the English one, has every page bordered in red; it contains the ridiculous paragraph on page 54 that includes "far in the empty sky a solitary œsophagus slept upon motionless wing...".
This copy is printed on laid paper; some are on wove paper, with unknown precedence. Both the front paste-down and free endpaper have the highest mountain in the right panel (Blanck's "B"); the rear free endpaper has the highest mountain in the center (Blanck's "A"), but that paste-down is "B" again (Blanck notes "various combinations of A and B have been seen"). This is a near-fine copy, with a touch of wear at the spine ends; the volume lies slightly askew. McBride p. 210; Blanck 3471; Johnson p. 76. Item #15028