Fergus Hume’s Hagar of the Pawn-Shop (1898)

Fergus Hume’s episodic novel, Hagar of the Pawn-Shop, was published by Skeffington & Son (London) in 1898. Hume is best known for his first novel, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886), which was initially published in Australia, but he published prolifically throughout his life in a variety of genres.

In this post, I’ll be using an interlibrary-loan copy of the first edition of Hagar of the Pawn-Shop to talk about its materiality. Then, I’ll briefly discuss its contents and how the material form and contents cooperate and/or diverge in their individual purposes.


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