The Woman Wins (Signed copy)
Signed by Robert Machray, a decent Edwardian crime novel
First edition, first printing hardback. Bound in the original red cloth with gilt titling to spine and front and with inlaid photograph to the upper board. 19.5 × 12.5cm, 347pp + 32pp ads.
An early twentieth century crime thriller from Robert Machray. The hero, Arthur Cornelius, allows himself to be suspected and tried of murder to protect his brother. His lover, Mary Balfour, scents a mystery and sets of to clear his name. Described in a contemporary review as "an amusing, sensational story quite up to the usual standard".
The author Robert Machray (1857–1946) was a Scottish clergyman and journalist who published twelve crime novels, including The Night Side of London and The Mystery of Lincoln's Inn. Books signed by this author are quite scarce.
This is quite a well-worn copy. The red cloth boards are rubbed and bumped o all edges, and here is a little fraying to the joints. The inner binding is secure, the pages lightly tanned and foxed to the edges. There is a previous owner's name above the author's signature. However, this remains a decent copy in strong readable condition.