London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1889. Three volumes. Original slate cloth, decorated and lettered in red. Cloth a little soiled and bubbled; inner hinges cracked in volume two, with evidence of neat repair, spines a bit cocked, newscutting tipped to front pastedown of first volume, otherwise a very good copy. Item #WRCLIT64075
First edition of Guthrie's only triple- decker, signed by him on a prelim in volume one. From the library of Guthrie's friend, Horace N. Pym. A very rare book, of which Sadleir wrote "I am not conscious of having seen another copy outside a library." The set in Wolff's collection was presented by the author to his sister. This novel, Guthrie's second attempt at "serious" fiction, is markedly different from his humorous writings, and though promoted on the spines as 'By the Author of Vice Versa,' it was not well received. The TIMES critic advised Guthrie "to return to the kind of work which was more within his range." TURNER 7. SADLEIR 50. WOLFF 164.