The Jacob Street Mystery – Inscribed - R. Austin Freeman 1942 - Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition First edition of Freeman’s last book, in which he has inscribed ‘W. P. Watt. With warmest greetings from his old friend, R Austin Freeman 24th June 1942.'

A Dr. Thorndyke mystery, scarce inscribed, more so with a dust jacket in such nice condition, the book itself is fine.

‘A peaceful, pleasant afternoon in the woodland scene of Linton Green is disturbed when a brutal murder takes place. But thanks to an unseen witness, the killer may be caught, and the witness turns out to be a blessing in disguise. This is the story of Thomas Pedley, a gifted artist who paints what he sees from memory’
  Richard Austin Freeman (1862-1943), expert bookbinder, a capable wax and clay modeller, and an amateur painter of the academic school, as well as his own laboratory technician. To prospective interviews he invariably replies: ‘I have no desire for personal publicity’. By all accounts, something of a cross between a genius and a nutcase, he built a bunker in his own back garden as a hobby, and was an innovator of forensic technique. He is best known for his John Thorndyke novels and short stories.

Octavo (book size 19x13cm), pp. 286 [2 (publisher’s ads)]. In publisher’s light blue cloth, spine lettered in black with publisher’s logo to tail. Dust jacket priced 8/6 net to lower corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket, with wear to corners and heavier wear to spine ends   Ref: 109594   Price: HK$ 12,500