New York: G.W. Carleton & Co., Publishers, 1881. First edition. Hardcover. 8vo. xii, 364,  pp. Bound in green blindstamped cloth with gilt decorations on the front board and spine. Includes a steel-engraved frontispiece and fourteen plates illustrating the text. Hubin 647. Allan Pinkerton was America's first private eye, founding his detective agency in the middle of the nineteenth century. Pinkerton served as a spy during the Civil War, gathering intelligence for the Union, and wrote several books throughout his lifetime ("Allan Pinkerton's Detective Agency", PBS). A lovely copy of a nineteenth century mystery, influenced by Pinkerton's experiences as a private detective. Near Fine. Item #00008076
A Near Fine book with a slight lean and a few flecks of foxing to the top textblock.