New York: Beadle and Adams, No. 98 William Street. 1882. 1st edition, later issue (Johannsen BEADLE 277-1/2DL). Ca 1888. Not in Hubin. 15,  pp. Text triple column. Last page an advert. Large wood engraving to front wrapper. 4to. 11" x 8-1/8". Printed self wrappers. Spine indents, indicating the work was probably bound at one time (and, no doubt accounting for its survival, as well as relatively nice condition). Overall VG+ - NF (paper beginning to yellow, as usual). Item #29401
The 'Denver Doll', our research indicates, has the distinction of being the one of the earliest female detective characters in US fiction. To quote Wheeler, " .. she was a splendid specimen of young womanhood.... It was no secret she was a detective; it was no secret she was a terror to. [sic]"
This 'Denver Doll, The Detective Queen' was a creation of the prolific dime novelist Edward L. Wheeler, who initially appears in this 14 November 1882 issue of Beadle & Adam's HALF-DIME LIBRARY series, however, despite the charm & competence imbued by Wheeler, the 'Denver Doll' failed to rouse the enthusiasm of the early 1880's dime novel customers & she quickly faded from the scene a few months later with the publication of the 4th series title [March 1883]. This quick public expiration has, in turn, contributed to the present scarcity of the 'Denver Doll' series titles, as well as her lack of notoriety in today's mystery-collector circles... in fact, many believe that the first female detective in US literature was Amelia Butterworth, who appeared much later in Anna Katherine Green's 1897 work, THAT AFFAIR NEXT DOOR (cf. Blain. FEMINIST COMPANION, p. 456).
This the first title in the Denver Doll series and can be said to be quite rare.