London: George Routledge and Sons, 1890. First Edition. Octavo (19.25cm.); original dark maroon gilt-lettered cloth, black glazed endpapers; viii,-366,(ads)pp. Some light shelf wear, spine a bit sunned, rear hinge just starting to crack, else a Very Good or better, still quite brilliant copy, now housed in custom cloth slipcase.
Collection of stories and essays (some falling under the mystery genre) by William Schwenck Gilbert (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame) written during his early career as a writer for magazines. Many of the stories, including "Foggerty's Fairy," "Creatures of Impulse," "The Wicked World," and "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern" would later be adapted for the stage. HUBIN, p. 169.