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The Case of the Spurious Spinster
Morrow, USA 1961 - A Perry Mason mystery. A SIGNED US first edition, first impression. THE WRAPPER : The wrapper on this copy is bright and complete. It is unclipped - showing the price $2.95 on the inside flap. The front panel is bright and unfaded, showing rubbing and surface creasing to each of the four corners. The spine is sound and unfaded. The spine is scuffed, rubbed and nicked to both ends. The back panel shows creasing and a small closed tear at the lower edge. The top edge is gently worn. THE BOOK : The book is square and tight. There are no previous ownership inscriptions. The boards are clean. The corners are gently bruised. The spine is unfaded. The spine ends are bruised. The text block is clean. No foxing. The closed page edges are very slightly dulled. No spotting. There are no dog-eared or loose pages. The binding is solid. This copy has been SIGNED and dedicated by Erle Stanley Gardner to the title page. The dedication reads : To Rob Brittain with all the best in the world to a very wonderful friend. Yours, Erle. Erle Stanley Gardner. April 1961. The recipient was Doctor R P Brittain, from the University of Glasgow - a doctor, criminologist and barrister. Brittain was lecturing in Harvard in 1948 on Homicide Investigation and Gardner attended the seminars while he was writing The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom. In the foreword to that book Gardner states : .Brittain .was not only a mine of information as to practical detective work on this side of the water, but was able to furnish the latest information as to British and European police methods of crime detection. A nice association. A nice copy in a protected wrapper. Paypal accepted. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Cheltenham Rare Books]
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