A Thief in the Night: Further Adventures of A J Raffles
Publisher: Charles Scrinber's Sons
Place: New York
372 pages with frontispiece and 9 other illustrations. Small octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/2") issued in black cloth with black and white pictorial to cover and red lettering to spine and red and green lettering to cover. 1st American edition.
E W Hornung was the third son of John Peter Hornung, a Hungarian, and was born in Middlesbrough. He was educated at Uppingham during some of the later years of its great headmaster, Edward Thring. He spent most of his life in England and France, but in 1884 left for Australia and stayed for two years where he working as a tutor at Mossgiel station. Although his Australian experience had been so short, it colored most of his literary work from A Bride from the Bush published in 1899, to Old Offenders and a few Old Scores, which appeared after his death.After he returned from Australia in 1886, he married Constance Doyle, the sister of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1893. Hornung published the poems Bond and Free and Wooden Crosses in The Times. The character of A. J. Raffles, a "gentleman thief", first appeared in Cassell's Magazine in 1898 and the stories were later collected as The Amateur Cracksman (1899). Other titles in the series include The Black Mask (1901), A Thief in the Night (1905), and the full-length novel Mr. Justice Raffles (1909). He also co-wrote the play Raffles, The Amateur Cracksman with Eugene Presbrey in 1903.
Corners bumped, spine ends lightly rubbed, shelf wear, front cover lightly rubbed else a very good copy lacking jacket.
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