New York: Brentano's, 1909. First American Edition. First edition in English of Leroux's second novel featuring police reporter and amateur detective Joseph Rouletabille, first published in French in 1907 as Le Parfum de la Dame en Noir. A sequel to Leroux's 1908 novel The Mystery of the Yellow Room, featuring locked-room elements. Basis for the 1931 French film directed by Marcel L'Herbier, and the 1974 giallo-horror film directed by Francesco Barilli. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone title. Hubin, p.247. Item #4907
First Printing. Octavo (19.5cm); variant bound in orange cloth (no established priority), with titling and pictorial elements stamped in black, red, and in blind on spine and front cover; [ii],,10-377, + 4pp ads, and 12 inserted plates of illustrations. Spine ends gently nudged, with some trivial rubbing to front cover, and mild dustiness to rear cover; contents fresh; a bright, Near Fine copy, lacking the rare dustjacket.