Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1874. 1st Edition (Hubin I, p. 638; Wright II, 1873). 278 pp. Text double column. Book label of Lawrence Solomon laid-in. 2 cuts, p. 135. Musical scores. Royal 8vo. 9-1/4" x 6". Original publisher's green cloth binding with gilt stamped lettering (professionally, and unobtrusively, rebacked). Dark brown coated eps. Custom clear mylar wrapper. Bright gilt & stamping crisp with modest extremity wear. Faint spot to front board. Unobtrusive hInt of glue residue to top portion of front paste-down. Period poi to preliminary blank ["Annie Ellen Brown from Papa 1880" (annotated as by "John Bundy Brown foremost Maine Capitalist of his day")]. Usual bit of age-toning to paper. Withal, a pleasing VG - VG+ copy. Item #30478.3
A work generally considered to be the first bibliomystery published in the US. Perkins reputedly modeled the novel's book shop after Gowans Books in New York; the novel is set between New York & Hartford, among the world of antiquarian books, booksellers & auctions.