COLLINS, Wilkie. The Law and the Lady. London: Chatto & Windus, 1875.
3 vols, 8vo; Later red cloth, gilt spine label; vol I. pp.viii, 246; vol II. pp.iv, 270; vol III. pp.iv, 342; foxing to first and last gatherings of all three volumes, otherwise clean, ink ownership inscription to title pages "RCH, Bombay, 1 July 1895", pages trimmed, with the bookplate of John Martineau to front paste-down endpapers.
One of Collins' archetypal detective novels, featuring an early example of a female sleuth and classic investigatory tropes such as courtroom cross-examination and the amateur succeeding despite the bumbling incompetence of law enforcement. This copy has been rebound in later red cloth, no doubt due to the very common deterioration of the original cloth covers. The new binding is sturdy, and unlike many original cloth examples, affords the chance to actually read the book without the danger of damaging it (which is just as well, as it remains a gripping tale even after all these years).
"You have hit it," cried Miserrimus Dexter. "You are a wonderful woman! What was she doing on the morning of the day when Mrs. Eustace Macmillan died poisoned? And where was she, during the dark hours of the night? I can tell you where she was not:- she was not in her own room."