HILDA WADE. Grant Allen, Charles Grant Blairfindie Allen.

HILDA WADE. London: Grant Richards, 1900. Octavo, pp. [i-xi] xii-xiv [1] 2-360, illustrations by Gordon Browne, original pictorial blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, t.e.g. First edition. A posthumously published episodic criminous sensation novel which was completed by Allen's friend, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and published in THE STRAND MAGAZINE. In his MEMORIES AND ADVENTURES (1924), p. 254, Doyle "says that, in response to Grant Allen's dying wish, he wrote the last two stories in HILDA WADE [i.e. 'The Episode of the Officer Who Understood Perfectly' and 'The Episode of the Dead Man Who Spoke']." - Wolff 106. In MURDER FOR PLEASURE, Howard Haycraft writes: "Vincent Starrett calls ... HILDA WADE ..., completed by Conan Doyle from Allen's notes, "one of the great stories of pursuit and detection and one that is too little known ..." (page 80). Glover and Green, Victorian Detective Fiction 6. Queen, The Detective Short Story, p. 4. Hubin (1994), p. 11. Slight spine lean, cloth worn at spine ends and corners, outer joints rubbed, short closed tear at upper edge of rear joint, a few scuffs to cloth, lower rear corner tip bumped, some spotting to endpapers, a sound, good copy. Still a fairly decent copy of a scarce book that does not age gracefully. (#151627).

Price: $650.00

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