GREEN, Anna Katherine (1846-1935). The Leavenworth Case: A Lawyer's Story. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1878.

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GREEN, Anna Katherine (1846-1935). The Leavenworth Case: A Lawyer's Story. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1878.

8o. Folding facsimile letter (few short splits along fold). Original terra cotta cloth, front cover lettered and decorated in black, gilt-lettered on spine (a few gatherings sprung, some light wear at extremities). Provenance: William M. Fitzhugh, Jr. (bookplate).

FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK, THE FIRST AMERICAN DETECTIVE NOVEL AND THE FIRST DETECTIVE NOVEL WRITTEN BY A WOMAN. The Leavenworth Case "may fairly be called the father of the modern detective story. Poe discovered the idea, but Anna Katherine Green gave the story its pattern and garments" (Grolier American 60). Glover & Greene 212; Lilly Detective Fiction 81. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone.
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