The Edward T. LeBlanc Memorial Dime Novel Bibliography

Series - The Detective and Adventure Library

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Publisher: Alex T. Loyd & Co. (Chicago (Ill.)) -- United States
Category: Format : Reprint Library
Issues: 11 (Highest number seen)
Dates: 1889
Schedule: Monthly
Price: 25¢ ($3.00 a year)
Publisher's Blurb:

"As its title indicates, The Detective and Adventure Library will be devoted to recounting the hazardous and exciting experiences of the Detective, while pursuing his dangerous but fascinating labors; and to tales of thrilling Adventure on Land and Sea — among the miners and outlaws of Australia and California in the early days, when the discovery of gold attracted thither the reckless and lawless — on board a Slaver — among Australian Bushrangers — on a Blockade Runner during the Rebellion— on a Whaler, etc., etc.

"In this respect it occupies an entirely new field. Other series of cheap publications confine themselves almost exclusively to reprinting uncopyrighted English and European books, but few of which possess much interest to American readers. Such cheap so-called Detective stories as are issued, are generally merely parcels of trashy sensationalism, without point, plot or literary merit.

"We ask you to compare a volume of The Detective and Adventure Library with any other 25 cent book or Library published, in Merit, Interest, Size, Number of Pages, and quantity of Illustrations. You will find that 25 cent issues would cost 50 cents to 75 cents, in any other cheap form, and $1.50 in cloth binding.

"The Detective and Adventure Library is published monthly. Each issue contains a complete book. Terms $3.00 per annum, 25 cents per number."

Physical Description: Cover printed in dark blue ink on light blue paper. Number at top right of front cover. Top three quarters of cover taken up with series logo, incorporating illustration of a night scene including a man hanging from a tree. Below this is title, author, publication information, etc. Spine features series title and issue title (in at least one case, issue title is abbreviated on spine: Out of a Labyrinth is printed as simply "Labyrinth").
Notes / Commentary: This series was not included in LeBlanc's listings. The data here comes from photos of two issues (nos. 8 and 11) shared by Cary Sternick. Nos. 6 and 9 were added from digitized copies in the Internet Archive. Nos. 1-5 and 7 were added from an advertisement in the back of No. 6.
Primary Data Source: Sternick
Data Entry Status: Done, With Gaps


1. The Whaleman's Adventures in the Sandwich Islands and California
2. The Gold Hunters in Australia
3. Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter
4. The Bushrangers. A Yankee's Adventures During a Second Trip to Australia
5. Shadowed by Three
6. The Gold Hunters in Europe; or, The Dead Alive
7. Dangerous Ground; or, The Rival Detectives
8. Out of a Labyrinth
9. Running the Blockade; or, U. S. Secret Service Adventures
11. A Slaver's Adventures on Land and Sea

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