Chronicles of Martin Hewitt. Being the Second Series of the Adventures of Martin Hewitt : Investigator - Arthur Morrison, Murray Smith (illustrator) 1895 - Ward, London - First Edition You mean you don’t think they did it then? But what do you mean?’
‘My dear fellow, I don’t mean anything but what I say.’

More adventures for Martin Hewitt, barrister-turned-sleuth, illustrated profusely with plates of our hero solving crimes and generally saving the populace with his charm and wit. Hewitt is a literary hybrid of Sherlock Holmes and John Thorndyke, complete with his own Watson-esque sidekick, the shameless journalist, Mr. Brett.
  'The first important English writer of detective fiction after Conan Doyle was Arthur Morrison' - Howard Haycraft.

Arthur Morrison (1863-1945) began his literary career as a correspondent for the Evening Globe, later turning his attentions towards fiction when he was hired by The Strand. Morrison was one of the first writers within the murder-mystery genre to incorporate heroes from a lower socio-economic background, a controversial and groundbreaking decision at the time. Notable examples of his work include Tales of the Mean Streets, A Child of the Jago, and the Martin Hewitt series.

Provenance: From the library of ‘Steen’ with their pictorial bookplate, with date ‘16.10.96’ written above.

References: Haycraft,
Murder for Pleasure 64. Herbert, Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing, 295. Quayle, Collectors Book of Detective Fiction. Greene & Glover, Victorian Detective Fiction 352.

Octavo (19.5 x 13.5 cm). pp. [8 322 [6 (publisher’s ads)]. In publisher’s scarlet cloth, spine and front board lettered in gilt, front board with gilt illustration of man starting a fire.
  Condition: Near fine, toning to spine, some offsetting to endpapers and foxing to tissue guard of frontispiece.   Ref: 108988   Price: HK$ 3,800