Cleveland: The Arthur Westbrook Co, 1899. Stapled wraps. Very good. Item #16677
Volume V No. 53 of the Deadwood Dick Library. Denver Doll story No. 2. 7-5/8' by 5-1/4'. Color pictorial wrappers, stapled. Series advertisement on rear listing the entire 64 numbers of the series. 30, (2)pp. Last 2 pp. blank. Light soil on the front cover as well as a few marginal foxing spots, else this is in very good conditon (text paper yellowed, as usual).
Denver Doll is arguably the first female detective in US fiction, or, at the very least, vies with Harlan Halsey's Lady Detective for that honor This story first appeared in the December, 1882, issue of Beadle & Adams' Half-Dime Library. This is the third printing, and the first with the tri-color cover. It is also the first title in the Denver Doll series, which continued through a total of four numbers in the Deadwood Dick Library. See Johannsen 281-1/2DL for the 1882 first edition, where the title was 'Denver Doll, the Detective Queen'. Scarce.