“Skin O’ My Tooth” His Memoirs, by his Confidential Clerk – Inscribed to the Detection Club - Baroness Orczy 1928 - Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition A unique and important association copy, in the scarce dust jacket. A gift from Baroness Orczy to the ‘Detection Club’, whose founder members include Anthony Berkeley, Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie and Freeman Wills Crofts. Baroness Orczy was initiated into the club in 1930.

Inscribed ‘
The Detection Club, With the author’s compliments, Emmuska Orczy, Montecarlo 1932’, and with the club library’s pictorial bookplate to the front pastedown.

Short stories featuring Patrick Mulligan aka Skin O’ My Tooth, the sharp Irish lawyer who is rather unkindly described as ‘
fat and rosy and comfortable as an Irish pig, with a face as stodgy as a boiled currant dumpling. His hair, I believe, would be red if he gave it a chance at all, but he wears it cropped so close to his bulky head that he looks bald in some lights’.
  Baroness Emmuska Orczy (1865-1947), British author, artist, and creator of the now famous genre of ‘armchair detective’. ‘When Baroness Orczy was a struggling young author in London, before the success of The Scarlet Pimpernel, the editor of the Pearson magazines suggested she profit from the popularity of Sherlock Holmes by writing a series of detective stories. The result was The Old Man in the Corner, one of the great figures in the early detective story. During World War I, she founded the Women of England’s Active Service League, which listed over 20,000 young volunteers, who canvassed across Britain to convince young men to join the war effort.

Provenance: The Detection Club, with their bookplate.

References: Ellery Queen,
The Detective Short Story, 83. Reilly,Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers (1980), 1140.

Octavo (book size 19.1 x 13 cm), pp. 307 [1] [8 (publisher's ads)] [4]. In publisher’s smooth blue cloth, lettered in blue to spine and front board, H&S logo to tail of spine in blue, front board bordered in blind. Dust jacket priced 7’6 net to spine, and with very gentle colour touch-up to spine and along the edges of the rear panel.
  Condition: Near fine light foxing to prelims, and foredge, in very good dust jacket, with colour touch up to spine, and edges of rear panel   Ref: 109592   Price: HK$ 20,000