Clement Lorimer or The Book with the Iron Clasps by Angus B. Reach
Illustrated by George Cruikshank
Published by John Lofts, London, 1853
Signed Leather Binding by Zaehnsdorf
Binding Details: Signed Zaehnsdorf three-quarter leather binding over marbled boards with elaborate spine treatment involving decorative gilt and color treatments. Matching marbled endpapers and built in book mark. Top edges gilt.
Book Details: A beautifully illustrated early edition of the first full-length detective novel in England. According to Eric Quayle in “The Collector’s Book of Books”, this is "the first full-length novel of crime, mystery and modern detection to appear in England ... Reach was employed as a crime reporter at the Central Criminal Court while working for the London newspaper, "The Morning Chronicle". In 1848-9 he published in six monthly parts a tale of vendetta, murder, racehorse doping, slow poisoning and abduction, and other dastardly deeds." The present work constituted the first book publication of this now-famous work.
Illustrated with 12 full page black and white engravings by George Cruikshank.
Measures 8.5” x 5.5” with 280 pages.
Condition Report: The book is in remarkable condition with the only notable flaw being rubs to the tips. I have classified the book as FINE. Overall, a beautiful signed binding by Zaehnsdorf that houses a great collaboration between Angus Reach and George Cruikshank.
Several photographs of the book and illustrations appear in the photo section of the listing.