LA MAIN COUPEE. Troiseme Edition. The Lost Casket.
Paris: E. Plon et Cie, 1880. Third edition. Hardcover. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Good+ condition. Item #015934
Two volume set; complete. Black leather spines, marbled paper-covered boards, and dark cloth covered corners; moderately rubbed and worn, remaining intact and attractive. The first few pages of the first volume are water-stained, and a previous owner's name is on the title page. The half-title page of the second volume has a previous owner's name (the same). The texts of both volumes are moderately foxed. Minor soiling to the closed page edges, and a few pages with creases to the upper corners. Two quires (small gatherings of pages) are loosened from the text, remaining attached. Text is in French. The story is set in Paris, and the story turns upon the unraveling of the plots of a group of Nihilist refugees. It contains careful character studies, both Russian and French. Translation of title: The Lost Casket. Detective/Crime Fiction.