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The Colfax Book-Plate: A Mystery Story by  Agnes Miller - First Edition - 1926 - from Yesterday's Muse, ABAA, ILAB, IOBA and Biblio.co.uk

The Colfax Book-Plate: A Mystery Story

by Miller, Agnes

Condition: Good/No Jacket


The Century Co, 1926. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. First edition. No jacket, a few light stains to front board, hinges starting, pencil note on front paste-down endpaper, ink name and date on front endpaper. 1926 Hard Cover. v, 375 pp. An early bibliomystery. Constance has worked her way out of the confines of the stenographers' pool at the busy downtown Manhattan book shop Darrow's to a place that better suits her intelligence and sophistication. She works in the rare book room - specifically a section devoted to prints and engravings. Bookplates make up a sizable portion of this collection. As the story opens Constance is in charge of cataloging a large group of books recently purchased from a judge who lived in Richmond, Virginia. Among those books is a limited edition printing of a book entitled Notes on Medical Statutes in the Virgina Code by W. Clarihew. This particular copy, number 239 of 300, has an unusual pictorial bookplate thought to be the work of Hugh Colfax, a Revolutionary War era engraver whose work primarily has only been seen in England. If the bookplate should prove to be genuine and for it to appear on a copy of an American published book would cause a sensation in the bookplate collecting world and probably the world of bibliophilia at large. The US 1st (and only) edition, by the way, sports a replica of the bookplate exactly as described in the story as a paste-down on the front board.
  • Bookseller: Yesterday's Muse, ABAA, ILAB, IOBA US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 2283868
  • Title: The Colfax Book-Plate: A Mystery Story
  • Author: Miller, Agnes
  • Format/binding: Hard Cover
  • Book condition: Used - Good
  • Jacket condition: No Jacket
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: The Century Co
  • Date published: 1926
  • Keywords: FICTION MYSTERY BIBLIOMYSTERY BIBLIO BOOKS ON BOOKS

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