THE DIAMOND COTERIE. By Lawrence L. Lynch [pseudonym]. Emma Murdoch Van Deventer, "Lawrence L. Lynch."

THE DIAMOND COTERIE. By Lawrence L. Lynch [pseudonym]. Chicago: R. R. Donnelley & Sons, Publishers, 1884. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-557 [558: ads] [559-560: blank] [note: fourth leaf of first gathering is excised by binder; first and last leaves are blanks], 47 full-page illustrations (artist not credited), original pictorial purple cloth stamped in black and silver, light blue endpapers. First edition? Glover and Greene cite an 1884 edition published in Chicago by Henry A. Sumner & Co. Wright cites this 1884 Donnelley edition. Copyright notice reads "Copyright 1882, by / Donnelley, Loyd & Co., / Chicago. / Copyright 1884, by / R. R. Donnelley & Sons, / Chicago." Earliest listing in the American Catalogue is the 1884 Donnelley edition, but the novel may have appeared earlier in a paperbound subscription library series, possibly under the Loyd imprint as per Hubin. Detective thriller featuring Neil J. Bathurst, private investigator. Wright (III) 5644 (listing this 1884 edition). Glover and Green, Victorian Detective Fiction 315 (listing a Chicago 1884 edition with the imprint of Henry A. Sumner & Co.). Hubin (1994), p. 518. Purple cloth faded on spine panel, else a near fine copy with bright cover stamping. (#131702).

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