THE SECOND CENTURY OF DETECTIVE STORIES. E. C. Bentley.

THE SECOND CENTURY OF DETECTIVE STORIES.

London: Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., n.d., [1938]. Octavo, pp. [1-18] 19-761 [762: blank] [763-768: publishers ads], original light green cloth, front and spine stamped in black. First edition. An important anthology. "The author of Trent's Last Case" has done a remarkable job in sticking to real detection for this omnibus, but the biographical notes on the 30 authors are tantalizingly poor; one doubts that Bentley wrote them. Many good and inaccessible tales more than compensate for this lack. The items are drawn from Livingston's Dodd Cases, the Coles' Superintendent Wilson's Holiday, Wade's Here Comes the Copper, Bramah's Eyes of Max Carrados. Also: Knox's tale The Motive and H. Russell Wakefield's The Inevitable Flaw. One of F. Tennyson Jesse's rare Solange Stories is included, and samples from Bailey, Bell, Chesterton, Gribble, Keverne, Leacock, Oppenheim, Phillpotts, Wallace, plus well-known tales by Conan Doyle, Bramah, Bentley, Freeman and Sayers." - Barzun and Taylor: A Catalogue of Crime (1989), #3613. Queen, The Detective Short Story, p. 132. A touch of dust soiling to cloth else a very solid very good to near fine copy. (6683). Item #6683

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