"N. B." STRANGE HAPPENINGS. By Luke Sharp [pseudonym], of "The Detroit Free Press." With Over Forty Illustrations. London: W. A. Dunkerley, Free Press Buildings, 325, Strand, W. C., 1883. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-128 [129: ad] [130: blank], illustrations, some full page, original decorated red cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, rear panel stamped in blind, cream endpapers. First edition. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Barr (signed Barr and "Luke Sharp") to Miss Lizzie Wylie in purple pencil (appropriately) on the front free endpaper. Barr's first book. "Born in Glasgow, Barr (1849-1912) was educated and brought up in Toronto, Canada, where his family moved in 1854. He remained there as a schoolteacher until 1876, when he moved to Detroit to work as a journalist, rising to a senior position on the DETROIT FREE PRESS. In 1881, he returned to England (nominally to launch an English edition of his paper), where he settled down in Surrey and supported himself by his pen" (Sutherland, Victorian Fiction, p. 46). Cloth rubbed, soiled and spotted, a good, sound, internally clean copy. COPAC reports the British Library copy. OCLC adds copies at the University of Glasgow and Cambridge University Library. A rare book. (#170249).
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