The case of the Magnet Detective Library

Consider the following two listings.  “The Count’s Millions” is not in WorldCat in this early edition, but is present in a number of much later editions.  “The Wall Street Wonder” is simply not in WorldCat.  Does this account for the enormous price difference?  Probably not.  Two booksellers, two attempts to throw a price against the wall and see what sticks.  I’m not saying either is wrong.  Used bookselling is an art, not a science.  I love the cover art.



The Count’s Millions
Gaboriau, Emile

John McCormick
(Mississauga, ON, Canada)

Price: $10

For sale at:

Book Description: New York: Street & Smith Magnet Detective Library # 216 1st US Edition? 1901, 1901. Mass Market Paperback. First Thus (?). .,..early paperback, digest size. Pre-dates the first US hardcover editiom by a dozen years. Small front cover chips, pencil scribbles both covers, 3 inch tear back cover, soiled, a good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 000521



The Wall Street Wonder or the Hindoo Detective
McKenzie, Donald J.

Elmer Book Company
(Elmer, NJ, U.S.A.)

Price: $750

For sale at:

Book Description: Street & Smith, New York, 1901. Orig. Illus. Wraps. Book Condition: Good. 12mo. A very rare title, not recorded in OCLC or LCOC. Magnet Detective Library, No. 187. Dated at rear cover, Mar. 27, 1901. As the story begins: “The scene is upon the steps leading to the entrance of the broker’s office, on Wall street, in the city of New York, at one of the busiest hours of the morning. There is a throng of men and boys witnessing the remarkable spectacle – for, to see two wealthy gentlemen, well known as New York money kings, facing each other with clenched hands, and eyes blazing with an intense hatred which has smoldered for years, is something too thrilling to be missed. . .” In original illus. wraps, lettering at spine; front wrap with corner chip, minor wear at extremities, printed on poor quality paper (now somewhat darkened). Bookseller Inventory # 002831


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