Titre : THE MASTER OF MYSTERIES: BEING AN ACCOUNT OF...
Éditeur : The Bobbs-Merrill Company Publishers ., Indianapolis
Date d'édition : 1912
Reliure : Hardcover
Edition : 1st Edition
Octavo, pp. [1-12] 1-480 [481-484: blank] [note: last two leaves are blanks], 24 inserted plates with halftone illustrations by Karl Anderson and George Brehm, original red cloth, front and spine panels stamped in blind and white. First edition. A collection of short stories featuring the Armenian pseudo-seer, Astro. The book, published anonymously, identifies its author by means of a clever cipher embedded in the text. Astro has gathered about him the trappings of a psychic detective, but, on further examination, derives his power from superior, specialized knowledge and skill in logic. Bleiler (1948), p. 65. Queen's Quorum 50. Queen, The Detective Short Story, pp. 14-15. Hubin (1994), p. 23. Front cover a bit dust soiled, scattered foxing to rear endpapers and text block, latter mainly to leaves adjacent to plates, some of which are also foxed, a tight, about very good copy of a scarce book. (#80244). N° de réf. du libraire 80244
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