The Eyes of Max Carrados - Ernest Bramah 1923 - Grant Richards Ltd., London - First Edition Nine short stories featuring Max Carrados, a protagonist unique among literary sleuths, as he lacks one seemingly vital component of detection: sight. However, this certainly doesn’t hinder our hero in the slightest, as he continues to solve crimes and bring criminal masterminds to justice, seeing through other means entirely.

While a seemingly outlandish concept at the time, Bramah is both considerate and involved when depicting his detective’s blindness, thoroughly researching and utilising the lives of extraordinary blind individuals such as Nicholas Saunderson, professor of Mathematics in Cambridge university, John Fielding, Magistrate of Bow Street (who was rumoured to have the ability to identify over 3000 thieves solely by their voice) and Helen Keller, several of whom are referenced in the novel.
  The Max Carrados stories were first serialised in magazines like The Strand, the same to publish Sherlock Holmes, and later they were published as collections in book form. This is the second collection of Max Carrados short stories, the first, simply titled ‘Max Carrados’ was only published in England in 1914, and there was no American printing.

Ernest Bramah (1868-1942) was known for his reclusive nature, the author of over twenty critically and commercially acclaimed novels. ‘Mr. Bramah, who is also widely known for his humorous works, including the delightful pseudo-Chinese parables, ‘The Kai Lung’ Tales, is one of the most self effacing of modern authors. “I am not fond of writing about myself, and only to a less degree about my work. My published works are about all that I care to pass on to the reader”.’ (Howard Haycraft).

References: Haycraft,
Murder for Pleasure, 77. Herbert, The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing 46.

Octavo (19.5 x 13.5 cm). pp. 319 [1]. In publisher’s mid-blue cloth, spine and front board lettered in dark blue.
  Condition: Near fine, light wear to corners and spine ends, earlier repair to inner hinge.   Ref: 108964   Price: HK$ 1,900