PAT O' NINE TALES AND ONE OVER. Dublin: M. H. Gill and Son, 1894. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-216 [217-224], original dark green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, yellow coated endpapers. First edition. Eight stories and a twenty-four-page narrative poem. Most of the stories are criminous, several involving murder, and one, according to Brown, is a ghost story. There's talk of leprechauns in a couple of others. Bodkin (1850-1933), Irish lawyer, Nationalist MP for North Roscommon, judge and author, wrote a number of detective stories, many featuring Paul Beck and Dora Myrl, who marry in THE CAPTURE OF PAUL BECK (1909), thus becoming the first fictional detective family. Hubin (1994), p. 83. Brown, Ireland in Fiction 226. Loeber and Loeber B254. Several old owner's signatures on front endpapers. Cloth stained on rear cover and a bit marked, smaller stain on front cover, some spotting and staining to text block, else a very good copy. A scarce book. (#150987).
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