SCIENTIFIC SPRAGUE. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1912. Octavo, pp. [1-10] [1-2] 3-406, four inserted plates with illustrations by E. Roscoe Shrader, original blue-gray cloth, front panel stamped in yellow, black and white, spine panel stamped in yellow and black. First edition. Connected short stories featuring scientific detective Calvin W. Sprague. "The comparative realism of LUTHER TRANT, particularly in the sense of reliance upon existent devices and experiments, was continued in Francis Lynde's SCIENTIFIC SPRAGUE (1912), which concerns itself with the efforts of an engineer-scientist to solve a number of mysteries and crimes that threaten a small western railroad." - Clareson, The Emergence of American Science Fiction: 1880-1915, p. 251. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 520. Queen, The Detective Short Story, p. 69. Hubin (1994), p. 519. Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 L-605. A touch of rubbing to yellow enamel on front panel, else a fine, bright copy. A very nice copy overall. (#159734).
"Published October, 1912" and Scribner seal on copyright page.