THE LATE MRS. NULL. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886. Octavo, pp. [i-iv]  2-437 [438: blank] 439-444: ads], original pictorial gray-green cloth, front panel stamped in white and black,spine panel stamped in white and gold. First edition. "Stockton was at his very best in the middle 'eighties. THE LATE MRS. NULL, written in 1885 but published in 1886, was laid in the South, which Stockton knew well, since both his mother and his wife were Virginians. For charm of dialogue, for whimsicality, for revelation of the Southern Negro, the novel is a masterpiece." - Quinn, American Fiction, p. 226. "Mrs. Null" is the assumed name of Annie Peyton, a young amateur detective. BAL 18884 (noted fourth printing). Wright (III) 5243. Cloth lightly worn at spine ends and corner tips and just a bit dusty, a very good copy. (#156509).
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