Item #18877 The First Female Detective Pulp Novel, The Female Detective - 1898. Female Detective Old Sleuth.
The First Female Detective Pulp Novel, The Female Detective - 1898
The First Female Detective Pulp Novel, The Female Detective - 1898

The First Female Detective Pulp Novel, The Female Detective - 1898

Pulp

Old Sleuth. The Female Detective Or, A Detective's Daughter: Special Theatre Edition. New York, 1898. J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Company. 2 volumes. 88 pages including 6 pages of Ads, 7" x 5." Dime novel. Cover wrapper bears colorful art-noveau illustration of a woman in a flower crown sitting on long-stemmed plants. First volume is "A Detective's Daughter;" second is "Marie the Dancing Girl." "Old Sleuth" is believed to have been a pseudonym of Harlan Page Halsey. Female detective characters were extremely rare during this era of dime novels at the end of the 19th century. Book has wear at upper spine, as well as minor chipping and some uneven edges on front wrapper. Otherwise, brightly colored and in good to very good condition; Illustration in Art Nouveau style of the era, a long hair woman with flowers. Very rare copy of one of the first detective stories featuring a female protagonist and the First Female Detective Pulp Novel. The author, Old Sleuth was most likely a pseudonym of Harlan Page Halsey who wrote many pulp detective novels. Very good condition; binding tight, Some wear on front and back cover edges and corners, with top half-inch of spine worn away. At the time that this description is being written, only one copy is recorded in American institutions, by OCLC Worldcat, at Yale. OCLC search results are at best an estimate and can vary over time. Still very rare.

Item #18877

Price: $550.00