First edition, first printing published in 1885 by J & R Maxwell, London. Rebound yellowback, 356pp. Fair only condition, missing the title page (bibliographic details and pagination that of the Maxwell edition 1885) Rebound in brown pebbled cloth over calf spine and tips, gilt stamped titles to compartments. Binding is rubbed and worn to the corners and along the spine hinge lengths. Internally cracked at the gutters put the binding is very tight and firm. Starts at the contents page, missing half title and title pages, pages are clean and tightly bound. A drab copy of a difficult title.
*Sensational Myster: A village in Cornwall is thrown into turmoil after a young girl falls from a train to her death. Was this an accident? Or murder? The mystery deepens when clues link the girl to a double homicide committed ten years earlier. Braddon's sensational novel takes us to the estates of aristocrats, the haunts of tabloid writers, the homes of Bohemian artists, and the dark alleyways of Paris. Braddon, one of Victorian England's best-selling novelists, is at the height of her powers in Wyllard's Weird. The novel shakes the foundations of 19th-century social order as it questions the sanctity of marriage and exposes the vices hidden beneath masks of gentility. Wyllard's Weird holds an important place in literary history as it forecasts the appearance of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 1886 and Sherlock Holmes in 1887.