THE TRACER OF LOST PERSONS. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1906. Octavo, pp. [1-10] 1-293 [294: blank], six inserted plates with illustrations by Edmund Frederick, original mauve cloth, front and spine panels stamped in white, pictorial paper paper inlay affixed to front panel. First edition, first printing with "(1)" printed at base of text on page 293. A collection of linked short stories "in which a detective's methods sometimes verge on the preternatural," according to Mike Ashley, who calls this "intriguing" (Clute and Grant, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, p. 177). One episode concerns "an Egyptian maiden revived after 2000 years" (Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 52). Written in Chambers' best breezy style. Bleiler (1978), p. 41. Reginald 02825. Queen, The Detective Short Story, p. 19. Hubin (1994), p. 151. Cloth lightly soiled, mainly spine panel, edges of sheets a bit darkened, library stamp on front paste-down, small embossed stamp on title leaf, vertical crease to left margin of plate facing page 198 which was detached and has been reinserted, else a very good copy. (#90207).
"Published June, 1906" on copyright page. First printing has "(1)" printed at base of text on page 293.