MCLEVY [M'LEVY], JAMES [AND ALFRED CROWQUILL]. - Romances of Crime; or, The Disclosures of a Detective.
Glasgow & London, Cameron and Ferguson [c1860?] Octavo; xvi,304pp. Bound after Alfred Crowquill's 'A Bundle of Crowquills' (London, Routledge 1854) in contemporary half morocco; illustrations in the Crowquill. The Crowquill is browned but the McLevy is quite good; both are bound without half titles. ¶ Rare. The Edinburgh detective McLevy has been rediscovered in recent years - with reprints and new fictional cases - but the original editions remain obscure. Of the five titles of his adventures that appeared through the sixties, that I can trace, I suspect that at least one is a new edition of this book; and I'm pretty sure that this is the first of his books - judging by the editor's preface. Whether McLevy or a ghostwriter actually penned these, each adventure is short, pithy and carries a catchy title: The Conjuror; The Handcuffs; The Belfast Key; The Dead Child's Leg; The Blood-Stained Moleskin; ... In each the unfailing McLevy usually solves the case in less than a dozen pages.AUD 750.00 [Appr.: EURO 530.25 US$ 573.17 | £UK 462.25 | JP¥ 63697] Book number 8047
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