A Master of Mysteries.
MEADE L.T..; EUSTACE Robert ()
£950.00 [First Edition]
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First edition. Illustrated by J. Ambrose Walton. 8vo., original blue cloth, lettered in gilt. London, Ward Lock & Co.
L. T. Meade was the pseudonym of Elizabeth Thomasina Meade Smith (1844–1914), prolific author of girls' stories and adventurous tales. A Master of Mysteries features six short stories following the protagonist John Bell, a supernatural investigator with a talent for debunking seemingly impossible crimes and phenomena. Meade's co-author is Robert Eustace (pseudonym for Eustace Robert Barton (1854–1943)), a mystery and crime author with a penchant for weaving scientific innovation into the denouement of his stories. In the Introduction "Bell" explains his modus operandi: "I propose in these pages to relate the histories of certain queer events, enveloped at first in mystery, and apparently dark with portent, but, nevertheless, when grappled with in the true spirit of science, capable of explanation."
An excellent copy, excepting a small segment cut out from the upper corner of the half-title.
Stock Code: 223889