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ROSENKRANTZ, BARON PALLE. - The Magistrate's Own Case.

 1373270755,
London, Methuen 1908. Octavo publisher's red cloth decorated in gilt (spine a little discoloured); 32pp publisher's list for 1911 at the end - clearly not a fast seller, this book. Prize inscription for spelling on the front fly; quite a good copy. ¶ First English edition of this thriller which, despite what the sloppy Encyclopedia of Nordic Crime Fiction says, is not a translation of Mordet i Vestermarie (1902), Denmark's first detective novel. This particular Danish crime is the murder of an English lord in Germany and the magistrate is German, most cosmopolitan. Rosenkrantz was maybe Denmark's busiest writer in the early 20th century - he had to support a noble's lifestyle which had already seen him in trouble when he was arrested for misuse of public funds and bankrupted.
AUD 165.00 [Appr.: EURO 116.75 US$ 126.1 | £UK 101.75 | JP¥ 14013] Book number 9928

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