A SON OF ISHMAEL. L. T. Meade, Elizabeth Thomasina Meade Smith.

A SON OF ISHMAEL. London: F. V. White & Co, 1896. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi [vii-viii] [1] 2-312, original decorated blue cloth, front and spine panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, white patterned endpapers printed in brown. First edition. A crime novel set in London's underworld about star-crossed lovers, both of whom have secrets they dare not divulge, even to each other. Nancy Follett promises her dying father, once a world-renowned surgeon, that she will retain the services of Crossley, a private detective, and continue the search for the man who killed her brother. Following her father's death she marries Adrian Rowton, a seemingly "honourable English gentleman," who is "Silver," the leader of the Silver School, a rough gang of burglars. Dr. Follett and Crossley suspect that Rowton murdered Anthony Follett, but it turns out that another member of the gang was the killer. Regrettably, Adrian dies, poisoned by a rival gang member Long John. Nancy moves to Australia and the real killer dies in Paris after his confession to a priest. Glover and Greene, Victorian Detective Fiction 345. Hubin (1994), p. 566. Loeber and Loeber S 249. Cloth rubbed at edges, corner tips turned, two spots on front cover, a very good copy. OCLC reports 5 copies, one in America at University of Wisconsin, Madison, the rest in the UK. JISC (COPAC) adds Oxford. (#164421).

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