THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF LUTHER TRANT. Boston: Small, Maynard & Company Publishers, . Octavo, pp. [1-12] 1-365 [366-368: blank] [note: final leaf is a blank], nine inserted plates with illustrations by William Oberhardt, original decorated red cloth, front panel stamped in white and blind, spine panel stamped in white. First edition. Trant, an assistant in a psychological laboratory turned detective, uses psychological tests to solve crimes. "... a volume deserving more than passing attention. Based upon contemporaneous methods of the psychological laboratory, the episodes have suffered inevitably from the passage of time. But the writing was of a superior order, and at least one tale, 'The Man Higher Up,' is notable for the first appearance in fiction of the principle of the modern 'lie-detector.'" - Haycraft, Murder For Pleasure, p. 100. "... landmark of detective history ..." - QQ 46. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 1-11. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 040. Bleiler (1948), p. 39. Reginald 00800. Queen, The Detective Short Story, p. 70. Hubin (1994), p. 45. The very delicate white enamel lettering on spine panel has perished, inner front hinge cracked (repairable), some dust soiling to top edge of text block, a good copy. (#159736).
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