THE LAST KING OF YEWLE: A NOVELETTE IN NINE CHAPTERS. P. L. McDermott, pseudonym.

THE LAST KING OF YEWLE: A NOVELETTE IN NINE CHAPTERS. New York: Cassell Publishing Company, [1893]. Tall octavo, pp. [1-4] [1] 2-162 [163-164: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original tan cloth, front and spine panels stamped in dark brown, all edges untrimmed. First U.S. edition. Number 21 of Cassell's "Unknown" Library. Macabre novella of crime and melodrama, involving a family whose members are prone to a form of catalepsy. A mild-mannered young vicar is accused of murdering his brother. This is probably the first hardcover printing as well as the first U.S. edition; the 1893 Ward, Lock edition appears to have been issued in paper only. The only UK copies recorded by COPAC are designated "second edition" and the book is subtitled "a detective story." OCLC locates 6 copies of this Cassell edition. McDermott also wrote JULIUS VERNON; OR A STRANGE CASE OF CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE. A LONDON DETECTIVE STORY (London: Ward, Lock, Bowden and Company, 1892). Hubin (1994), p. 525. Topp, Victorian Yellowbacks & Paperbacks, 1849-1905 II, p. 352. Cloth a bit soiled, a very good copy. (#149656).

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