17 April 2002
FREEMAN, R. Austin. John Thorndyke's Cases Related by Christopher Jervis, M.D. and Edited by R. Austin Freeman. London: Chatto & Windus, 1909.
8o. 32-page publisher's advertisement at end. Frontispiece and plates by H.M. Block. Original brown decorated cloth, gilt-lettered on spine (some light soiling at upper corners of covers, small tear at head of spine, some light wear at extremities); cloth folding case.
FIRST EDITION. Among the illustrations are photographic plates showing microscope views of crime-scene evidence. Freeman writes in the Preface: "The stories have, for the most part, a medico-legal motive, and the methods of solution described in them are similar to those employed by medical jurists... I may add that the experiments described have in all cases been performed by me, and that the micro-photographs are, of course, from the actual specimens" (p.vii). Thorndyke's attention to detail made Freeman defend the meticulousness of his books: "[Thorndyke] is an investigator of crime but he is not a detective." Donaldson 5; Queen's Quorum 42.
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