1898. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1898.
8vo, viii, 343, (8, ads) pp. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt on the upper board and backstrip. Cloth a littled bumped and spotted, endpapers toned, else a very good copy with terminal publisher's advertisements dated Autumn 1898.
§ First edition, inscribed by the author to Celia Tobin, a member of one of San Francisco's founding families, later the wife of Charles Clark, son of the Copper King (and thus sister-in-law of the library founder William Andrews Clark Jr.). The British writer Charles Lewis Hind (1862-1827) was better known as an art critic and historian; he was deputy editor of The Art Journal (1887-92), co-founder of The Studio: An Illustrated Magazine of Fine and Applied Art, and a champion of post-impressionism. This Orientalist mystery, a clear descendant of Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone and not too many degrees removed from Sax Rohmer, was, I think, his only venture into fiction.
The inscription "Celia Tobin / From C.L.H." is followed by a lengthy quotation from Robert Louis Stevenson: "We read together in those days the story of Braddock, and how, as he was carried dying from the scene of his defeat, he promised himself to do better another time: a story that will always touch a brave heart, and a dying speech worthy of a more fortunate commander. I try to be of Braddock's mind." Item #124169