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The Judas Window
William Morrow and Company, New York, 1938. First Edition. -- Condition: Fine with some offsetting to endpapers in very good dust jacket, bright and sharp, would be near fine but for splits along delicate folds which has resulted in the separation of the rear flap, small amount of unnecessary colour touch-up to lettering on spine. -- Details: A fine first edition of this Haycraft-Queen cornerstone title featuring 'that gruff and grumbling old sleuth,' Sir Henry Merrivale, in the scarce and wonderful dust jacket. First Edition, with most recent title listed as 'The Peacock Feather Murders' (1937), verso of title page states 'Copyright, 1938' with no further printings listed, published the same year in England by Heinemann, London. 'The master of the 'Locked Room' murder mystery, prolific American author John Dickson Carr (1906-77), who also wrote under the names 'Carter Dickson', 'Carr Dickson', and 'Roger Fairbairn', was a highly regarded member of the 'Golden Age' sect, his complex, plot-driven stories concentrated on the puzzle of the story rather than the fast-paced tough-guy violence purveyed by his contemporary pulp hacks.' [BMC] -- Provenance: From the library of Neil McKnight with his illustrated bookplate. -- References: Reilly, 'Twentieth-Century Crime and Mystery Writers' (1980), 269. 'Book and Magazine Collector', issue 272. Herbert, 'Whodunnit?', 68. -- Octavo (book size 19.6x14cm), pp. vi 294 [4] In publisher's black cloth, spine and front panel lettered in red and with outline of gentleman with umbrella, top edge tinted red, foredge untrimmed lower edge trimme … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Lok Man Rare Books. ABA/ILAB [Central, Hong Kong]
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