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Uncle Sam Detective. By William Atherton Du Puy Author of “Uncle Sam’s Modern Miracles,” “Uncle Sam, Wonderworker”. With four illustrations by S. Edwin Megargee, Jr. New York, Frederick A. Stokes Company, Publishers, [on verso of title:] 1916. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and three plates; pp.[xvi]+247+[i (blank)]; black very fine diaper cloth, blocked and lettered beige, lettered black-through beige, on front cover, lettered beige on spine. Small patch of silver-fish damage to centre of back joint; slight edge-wear; otherwise a very nice copy. From the library of the noted collectors of detective fiction Florence & Edward Kaye, and with their small leather bookplate on the front paste-down. Hubin, p.129; Queen, DSS, p.37: an early police procedural concerned with the work of the but recently inaugurated FBI. One of several variants of the binding, otherwise similar copies being known blocked and lettered in blue, in navy blue cloth blocked and lettered beige, and in navy blue cloth lettered in beige and blocked in silver. There seems to be no established precedence, though according to a statement made by the publisher in 1928 the present copy, which bears a copyright notice on the verso of the title-page, but no printing history, is of the correct first printing. (V. H.S. Boutell, ‘First Editions of To-day and How to tell them’, p.59.) All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.
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