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Chase, James Hadley
Twelve Chinks and a Woman
Sauk City, WI: Howell, Soskin, 1941. First U.S. Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo., 260pp. Sharp First US Edition of this hard-boiled mystery with a most unfortunate title. First published in 1940 in the UK by Jarrolds. Changing the name later to "12 Chinamen and a Woman" did not come close to addressing the issue and missed the point entirely. (Similar to one of Agatha Christies best books with a disappointing title that was changed twice before publisher's got it right with "And Then There Were None"). Bound in light blue cloth boards with titles stamped in navy on the front board and spine. Square tight and clean throughout with a hint of interior toning to edges. Mild wear to spine ends and tips are lightly bumped. Spine panel and edges sunning. Some may call it better than a Very Good but I think a solid VG is the safe bet. What makes this so collectable and scarce is the dust-jacket which is solid, complete and with no restoration. Unclipped with $2.00 on the bottom of the front flap. Some fairly minor chipping to crown and a couple of tips. Top edge-wear and a few short closed tears. Light soiling in spots. Still solid and bright and almost impossible to find in any condition. A beautiful collectable copy. (Hubin p.77).
Bookseller: Brenner's Books - Rare & Collectable [United States]
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