London: George Routledge, 1893. From the Bart Auerbach Collection. 8vo. Original tan cloth, decorated in blue and brown, gilt-lettered, beveled boards, unopened. A fine, pretty copy. Item #409164
First edition of this humorous novel, intended as a parody of the detective/mystery story (of which the author wrote several). The dedication copy to the author's wife, inscribed on the half-title: "For my dear wife with fond love, Ben L. Farjeon. March 28th, 1893." The printed dedication reads: "To My Wife and Children and to All Who Love Honest Fun and Human Tenderness I Dedicate My First Long Humourous Story."
In his Preface Farjeon notes: "This story was written in a holiday humor last summer in Cromer, and our happiest evenings were those when I read to my family what I had prepared during the day..." Sadler 866. Woolf had a long run of Farjeon, but not this title. (BA).