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Masters of Mystery. A Study of the Detective Story.
London, Collins. 1931 - FIRST EDITION 8vo. 288pp. Publisher's black cloth, titled in red to the spine, top edge red other edges untrimmed. Bumped to the head of the spine, some minor shelwear and negligible scuffing. Internally clean and bright, solid and strong. Interestingly enough this copy is accompanied by its dustwrapper, an unprecedented event. The wrapper has chipping to the corners and general light wear to the extremities; the most significant defect of an otherwise strong wrapper is a shallow band of loss to the head of the spine, which however does not interfere with the titles. The wrapper design is very 1930's with its grey geometric design to the red titled spine and a montage of photgraphic mystery movie stills forming the front and rear panels. Credited as being the first literary examination of the mystery genre. H. Douglas Thomson was a renowned Holmes authority (he even gives his address as Baker St.) and an aficianado of crime writing. Includes chapters on 'The History of Detective Fiction', 'Edgar Allan Poe', 'Sherlock Holmes' and 'Thrillers'. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Rare Books, ABA ILAB]
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