Publisher: [Chicago: n.p.], (1899).
Edition: First edition, one of two imprints; the other was Chicago: Ross Pub. Co., issued as No. 4 in the Lyceum Series.
Bibliographical References: OCLC 10244252, 64471423 and 199661009 record seven copies Chicago, Indiana, OSU (both imprints), UCLA, Penn and Stanford.
Condition: Paper browned; wrappers a little stained and worn; a good, sound copy.
Book ID: 27455
Description8vo, original pictorial wrappers, 176 pages. Below the image on the upper wrapper is "Published for the Trade."
CommentsOne of about twelve recorded works of fiction by Paul James Duff, all classic examples of the pulp fiction genre that flourished during the 1890s. Little is known about Duff, other than that he resided and published his works in Chicago between circa 1890 and 1910. He is noted in Clarence Andrews’ Chicago in Story: A Literary History. Duff’s work employs the standard sensational devices of vice in its many forms (infidelity, lust, prostitution, gambling and greed, etc.), and among his characters are hack newspaper reporters, devious businessmen, and innocent and naïve (typically young women) refugees from rural America. This copy is a duplicate from the Ohio State University Pratt Circulating Library collection. The duplicates were consigned to Serendipity Books in the late 1990s.