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Daviot, Gordon (Josephine Tey, Eiizabeth MackIntosh)
Man in the Queue, The
New York NY: Dutton, 1929. First American edition of the first novel from one of the classic mystery writers -- she later wrote as Josephine Tey, and this book was reissued under that name. Scarce in jacket. Extremely scarce with a signature, even though the book is not signed: this copy is accompanied by a postcard to Miss Katherine King, postmarked at Inverness in March 1950, thanking her for sending the Pocket Books "which I find fascinating," signed by Gordon Daviot. The book is in very good condition -- it is slightly cocked, the spine is slightly discolored and worn, and there are two worn spots on the front edges of the bottom. I've left the previous bookseller's pencil notes on the flyleaf, because the book came from Otto Penzler's Mysterious Bookshop in NY, and I believe they're in his hand. The postcard was in the book when I bought it -- when I asked him if that was the correct price in it, he said "Yep -- blew that one, didn't I!" and he let me buy it at an astonishing price. He was a gentleman as a bookseller, and I'm proud to have met him. The jacket was supplied later, and is not a facsimile. It is somewhat worn, and missing a few chips most notably on the spine -- see pictures. A presentable copy of a keystone mystery novel: her later novel about the same hero,'The Daughter of Time' (1951), was voted the greatest mystery novel of all time by the Crime Writers' Association in 1990. She was shy and reclusive, and her signature (under any of her names) is quite scarce.
Bookseller: Uncommon Sense [United States]
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