Leyden, MA: Aeonian Press, . Hardcover. Introduction by Ralph D. Gardner. 8vo. Lavender cloth with gilt spine lettering and decoration. iii, 275pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Very good. Spine ever-so-faintly sunned, else internally near fine. Item #42587
Tight, quite nice first of this reprint edition of this 1891adventure of a plucky 16-year-old trying to unravel the mystery of his uncle's robbery. Gardner (1924-2005), New York advertising executive better known as a pioneering Alger biographer and bibliographer, introduces this text -- and the front flyleaf bears a fine archival, decorative-edged bookplate boldly inscribed and signed by him in blue fineline: "Wish best wishes / from / Ralph D. Gardner." An exceptional copy of a much less often seen title -- and with a fine autograph addition.