THE PICAROONS. New York: McClure, Phillips & Company, 1904. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-vi] vii-viii [1-2] 3-284, title page printed in orange and black, original decorated blue cloth, spine panel stamped in gold, t.e.g., other edges untrimmed. First edition. Variant binding with elaborate gold stamping on spine panel with "special edition" at the foot. A series of linked stories (a "San Francisco Night's Entertainment," the authors call them) told round the table at Coffee John's, a low class eatery in San Francisco. Largely tales of roguery and crime, the author explaining in a prefatory note that a picaroon is the typical hero of a picaresque tale, which, originating in early seventeenth-century Spain, relates the adventures of a rogue. In one of the stories, a charlatan who styled himself "Professor Vango" when he was conducting fake seances, tells how he became haunted by the genuine ghost of one of his clients. Bleiler (1948), p. 65. Reginald 02215. Queen, The Detective Short Story, p. 15. Hubin (1994), p. 117. Baird and Greenwood 354. Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 B-1207. Hairline cracks along inner hinges but still a tight, bright, very good copy. (#115442).
"Published, April, 1904" on copyright page.