First edition. 1896. A very rare copy of the publishers "Greenback Series" of popular 3/6d Novels, This copy is in fair condition. No dustjacket. Dark green cover good, worn at the bottom edge and corners. No inscription. Inside pages good and tight, but a little grubby. A few pages are creased at the corners with a couple of half inch tears. Some minor foxing, but still very readable.
Thomas Wilkinson Speight, better known as T.W. Speight, was born in Liverpool in 1830. Speight worked for the Midland Railway Company from 1847 to 1887. Even before reaching the end of the line as a railroad man, Speight had begun writing for publication. He contributed to All the Year Round, Belgravia, Cassell's Magazine, Gentleman's Annual, and other periodicals. From 1867 to 1912, he published more than four dozen short stories, serials, and novels mostly thrillers, mysteries, historical romances, and sensation novels. Speight died in 1915.