(#170098) A TRYING PATIENT. James Payn.

A TRYING PATIENT. London: Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1893. Octavo, pp. [i-ii: ads] [iii-vii] viii [1] 2-285 [286: blank] [287: publisher's device] [288: blank] + 32-page publisher's catalogue dated "April, 1893" inserted at rear, inserted frontispiece with illustration by Stanley L. Wood, original decorated blue cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold and blind, decorated endpapers. First edition. A collection of sensation and crime fiction by a prolific author and journalist whose body of fiction included forty-nine crime and sensation novels. Payn's "first major success was LOST SIR MASSINGBERD (1864) ... The story of a wicked baronet who disappears, the novel is an early example of the detective genre ... In general, Payn's fiction is marked by a love of sensational plot and excessively melodramatic complication." - Sutherland, Victorian Fiction, p. 494. Hubin (1994), p. 632. Wolff 5470 (recording a different issue). NCBEL III 958. Cloth worn at spine ends and corner tips, frontispiece tissue guard loose, a good copy. A very scarce book. (#170098).

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