London: The Readers Library, n.d. [c. 1925]. Early Reprint. Hardcover. A smart 1920's reprint in the handsome dust jacket. Small 8vo: 253,pp. Publisher's maroon linen, spine and upper cover heavily stamped in gold; illustrated wraparound dust jacket, unpriced and unclipped. About Fine (spine tail bumped, small dent to top of text block, few specks to front edge); about Fine jacket (tips of spine and corners very lightly rubbed) with excellent color. A brilliant copy, apparently unread and scarce thus. Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone ("The Amateur Cracksman"). Fine- / Fine-. Item #BB1918
Previously published short stories featuring the gentleman thief, A. J. Raffles. Hornung's short story, "In the Chains of Crime" (1899) introduced Raffles and his sidekick, Bunny Manders, characters based partly on Hornung's friends Oscar Wilde and his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, and partly on Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, the creations of Hornung's brother-in-law, Arthur Conan Doyle. The series of Raffles short stories were collected in book form in 1899 (The Amateur Cracksman) and two further collections of Raffles short stories followed, as well as a poorly received novel. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).