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SELBORNE, JOHN. - The Thousand Secrets.

London, Everett 1911. Octavo publisher's cloth with mounted colour illustration. A bit used, a bit browned; a pretty decent copy. ¶ First edition of this thriller which surely must be the first emoji mystery. At the scenes of the crimes the villain leaves a cryptic typed smiling face. Did he or she kill only owners of typewriters or carry spares? You might be sure the killer is a he from the cover but I'd say our cover artist never tried to make such a face with a typewriter. Truth in advertising or book covers has never been desirable. "As is often the case in such tales, the criminals show far more intelligence than their pursuers," (The Adelaide Register).
AUD 475.00 [Appr.: EURO 300 US$ 342.69 | £UK 269.25 | JP¥ 38561] Book number 10012

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