THREE TIMES DEAD; OR, THE SECRET OF THE HEATH. London: W. M. Clark, 16 & 17, Warwick Lane. Beverley: -- C. R. Empson, Toll-Gavel, n.d. [1860]. Octavo, pp. [i-ii] iii-vi [1-2] 3-218, 27 woodcut illustrations in the text, bind-up in nineteenth century three-quarter leather and marbled boards, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. Braddon's first book, a sensational detective novel, issued in 27 penny parts. Reprinted in 1861 by Ward, Lock as THE TRAIL OF THE SERPENT; OR, THE SECRET OF THE HEATH. The Ward, Lock edition has revisions and cuts (latter about 10,000 words). ¶ Bound with three reprint Gothic novels: THE DAMSEL OF DARIEN. A TALE OF THE EARLY CONQUEST OF PERU. By Gilmore Simms, Esq... (London: N. Bruce, 1843) [with] THE LOLLARDS: A TALE OF THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY. FOUNDED ON THE RELIGIOUS PERSECUTIONS OF THAT PERIOD... A New Edition, Revised and Corrected Expressly for "The Novel Newspaper." [by Thomas Gaspey] (London: N. Bruce, 1843) [with] ST. CLAIR OF THE ISLES, OR, THE OUTLAWS OF BARRA. A SCOTTISH TRADITION. By Elizabeth Helme (London: Published by John Cunningham, 1841). See Topp, Victorian Yellowbacks & Paperbacks, 1849-1905, volume II, p. 39. Sadleir 335. Wolff 693. Not in Waite. Glover and Greene, Victorian Detective Fiction 58. Hubin (1994), p. 94. Defective, the Braddon book lacks two-thirds of preface leaf (pages v/vi) and last two leaves of text (pages 215-218). Rare. (#169877).

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