THE PERIL OF RICHARD PARDON: A NOVEL ... Second Edition [with] A STRANGE ENCHANTMENT ... [with] A VERY YOUNG COUPLE. London: F. V. White, 1890 [i.e. 1891]; 1889; 1890. Small octavo, three volumes in one: pp. [1-4]  2-118; [1-6]  2-102; [1-4]  2-118, STRANGE and COUPLE have the half title leaves, nineteenth-century black binder's cloth, spine panel lettered and ruled in gold, all edges speckled red. Second edition of the first book, first editions of the other two. Three shilling shockers bound from the paperback issues. THE PERIL OF RICHARD PARDON is a psychological thriller in which a somnambulist is framed for the murder of his uncle. A STRANGE ENCHANTMENT is supernatural story. With the assistance of an elderly Arab known as the Mystic, Theodore Wakefield and Harry Sheridan uncover how Edith Fordyce, Sheridan's love, has been sequestered away by Somers Meredith in the Bavarian Mountains. The Mystic practices hydromancy, a form of scrying, to reveal Edith's fate in scenes reflected in a bowl of water. A VERY YOUNG COUPLE is a domestic melodrama in which a young woman leaves her husband, a young man writing his first novel, and returns to the home of her parents when she discovers letters to her husband from another woman with whom he appears to be having an affair. Detectives have a minor role in the story, for "what is a sensation novel without a detective?" (p. 116). Day (1963), p. 29 (STRANGE). Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 44 (STRANGE). Sadleir 859 (PERIL) and 870 (COUPLE). Not in Wolff. Hubin (1994), p. 274 (all three). Topp, Victorian Yellowbacks & Paperbacks, 1849-1905 VII, p. 23 (PERIL), p. 20 (STRANGE) and p. 26 (COUPLE). The three novels are bound together without their original paper wrappers. The title page of PERIL is tanned. Both PERIL and COUPLE are missing the final leaf of ads, but all are otherwise complete and are in very good condition. (#164404).
"SECOND EDITION" on the title page of the first book; no statement of printing on the other two.