New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1933. 8vo. v, [iii], 344 pp. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Publisher’s orange cloth, no dust-jacket; an excellent, uncut copy. Item #12180
First American edition. The only one of the Thorndyke novels to be based on an actual case, in which a Mr. Druce claimed to be the true Duke of Portland, alleging the previous Duke had lead a double life. The novel involves a headless corpse, a forged diary, gold bullion and the properties of platinum-lead alloys. Here Freeman’s famous medico-legal sleuth unravels one of his most intricate cases.