1328 - 1541 FOREIGN LITERATURE
- Occas. a few foxed spots (frontisp. sl. worse). Spine-ends chipped; sl. worn along extremities.
- Vol. 3 upper joint splitting at foot of spine; binding sl. rubbed along extremities.
- Wrapper partly sl. yellowed/ dustsoiled. Unopened copy.
= One of the 15 'lettered', hors commerce copies of the 75 copies on vélin Lafuma-Navarre. With AUTOGRAPH SIGNED DEDICATION "A M. Daniel Hirsch amicalement [signature]" on first free endpaper. Louis-Daniel Hirsch (1891-1974) was commercial director of Gallimard from 1922 to his death.
AND 3 others, i.a. the full piano score of the same oratorio (by A. HONEGGER and P. CLAUDEL) (Paris, Salabert, 1939, "E.M.S. 8819", orig. (sl. worn) wr., 4to) and P. CLAUDEL, L'Annonce faite à Marie. Mystère en quatre actes et un prologue (ibid., 1912, 1st ed., orig. wr., later hcl. chemise w. mor. letterpiece, cl. slipcase).
- Lower hinge broken; sm. clipping on htitle (offsetting on opposite leaf); first/ final lvs. and wr. browned.
= Rare first edition, published anonymously.
AND 4 others by the same, i.a. Aventures de l'Esprit (ibid., 1929, 1st ed., fold. plate, contemp. gilt hmor.) and Pensées d'une Amazone (ibid., 1921, 2nd(?) ed., contemp. gilt hmor.).
- Trifle foxed.
- Bookplate on upper pastedown; sl. foxed (esp. the first few leaves). Corners and spine-ends trifle rubbed. = Rare.
Idem. The D'Arblay Mystery. Ibid., idem, n.d. (1926), 1st ed., 312,(8 (publ. cat.))p., orig. blue cl.
- A few foxed spots at the beginning and end. Spine-ends and corners trifle rubbed. Fine copy.
AND 3 others, i.a. IDEM, Mr. Pottermack's Oversight (New York, 1930, 1st Am. ed., orig. cl. Backstrip sl. faded and lower corners sl. rubbed); V.L. WHITECHURCH, Murder at the College (London, The Crime Club, n.d. (1932?), 1st(?) ed., orig. (variant) blue boards w. facsimile dustwr. Boards trifle rubbed along extremities and trifle stained on backcover) and J.W. DANE, Murder in College (London, 1935, 1st ed., orig. cl. Bookplate on upper pastedown; spine-ends trifle worn).
- Owner's entry and bookplate on upper endpaper. Dustwr. sl. frayed/ chipped and w. sm. stain along fold of upper fold. flap.
Crofts, F.W. The Hog's Back Mystery. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1933, 1st Engl. ed., 334p., frontisp., orig. cl.
- Sm. ticket on first free endpaper. Backstrip sl. rubbed.
Idem. The Futile Alibi. New York, Dodd, Mead and Comp., 1938, 1st ed., (10),310p., orig. cl.
- Upper hinge weakening. Covers trifle foxed. = Red Badge Detective.
Idem. Silence for the Murderer. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1949, 1st Engl. ed., 254,(2)p., orig. cl.
- Owner's entry on first free endpaper.
AND 10 others, i.a. L. BRUCE, Neck and Neck (Chicago, 1980, 1st Am. ed., orig. boards); H.C. BAILEY, Mr. Fortune's Trials (New York, Dutton, 1926, 1st Am. ed., orig. giltlettered cl. A few sm. stains on frontcover) and F. BEEDING, Death Walks in Estrepps (New York, 1931, 1st Am. ed., orig. cl.).
- Partly sl. foxed (esp. on edges of bookblock); owner's entry on first free endpaper rubbed off. Dustwr. sl. dam./ chipped; backstrip sl. faded; frontcover sm. stain at outer edge and col. black on turn in along outer margin.
AND 2 others by the same, i.a. Trent's Last Case (London etc., n.d. (1913), 1st ed., col. frontisp. by HICKLING, orig. giltlettered and blindst. blue cl. Corners and spine-ends trifle rubbed, backcover vaguely stained, otherwise fine). - ADDED: 2 first editions by G.K. CHESTERTON: The Scandal of Father Brown (London etc., 1935, orig. giltlettered cl. Spine-ends and corners sl. rubbed) and The Secret of Father Brown (ibid., 1927, orig. giltlettered cl. Roughly erased owner's stamp on title-p. (sl. dam.); upper pastedown sl. dam. and w. modern bookseller's ticket).
- Erased owner's entry on first free endpaper and John Bull Award of Merit label lightly tipped onto first free endpaper. Small hole in lower joint (0,5 mm.) and two vague small (finger?) stained spots. Otherwise a very fine and clean copy.
= The first issue with the advertisements dated Autumn 1913. Queen's Quorum 56: "(...) one of the ten best detective shorts ever written". SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XXXI.
- Trifle foxed. Corners and spine-ends sl. worn; backstrip a few trifle rubbed spots.
= The scarce first English edition, published in the same year as the first American edition.
Idem. The Dead Sleep Lightly. Ed. and introd. D.G. Greene. New York, Crime Club, Doubleday & Comp., 1983, 1st ed., 181,(3)p., orig. boards w. dustwr.
- Very fine copy. = Contains 9 never-before-published radio plays.
Idem. Fell and Foul Play. Ed. and introd. by D.G. Greene. Ibid., International Polygonics, 1991, 1st ed., (8),383,(1)p., orig. boards w. dustwr. (fine). - AND 4 others by the same, i.a. The Men Who Explained Miracles (New York etc., (1963), 1st ed., orig. hcl. w. dustwr. A few closed sm. tears in dustwr.) and The Doors to Doom (...). Ed. D.G Greene (London, 1981, 1st Engl. ed., orig. boards w. dustwr. Fine).
- Corners and spine-ends trifle rubbed. Otherwise fine.
Idem. The Boomerang Clue. Ibid., idem, 1935, 1st Am. ed., VI,(2),290,(2)p., orig. cl.
- Spine-ends trifle worn; corners trifle rubbed.
= Published in Great Britain as Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
AND 4 others by the same, i.a. Partners in Crime (New York, 1929, 1st Am. ed., orig. cl. Traces of former bookplates on upper endpapers; frontcover sl. foxed); Poirot Loses a Client (ibid., 1937, 1st Am. ed., orig. cl. Traces of tape on first free endpaper; corners trifle bumped) and a copy of the 9th ed. of Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (London, 1950, orig. cl. w. dustwr. Owner's entry on first free endpaper; dustwr. dam.).
- (Very) fine copy.
Idem. Mr. Parker Pyne Detective. Ibid., idem, 1934, 1st Am. ed., (6),244,(2)p., orig. orange cl.
- A few leaves trifle foxed. Spine-ends and lower corners trifle rubbed. Otherwise (very) fine.
AND 1 other by the same: After the Funeral (London, (1953), 1st ed., orig. orange cl. w. (facsimile) dustwr. A few small light orange stains on covers).
- Contents sl. foxed; lower joint splitting; tiny sticker and erased owner's entry on first free endpaper. Foot of lower joint trifle rubbed; small section of colouring on upper joint repaired.
Idem. Hercule Poirot's Christmas. Ibid., idem, 1939, 1st ed., 251,(3 advert.)p., orig. orange cl.
- Contents sl. foxed, Cloth faded/ waterstained and colouring of cloth over joints repaired; spine-ends worn.
Idem. Lord Edgware Dies. Ibid., idem, 1933, 2nd impression, 252,(4 advert.)p., orig. orange cl.
- Bookblock sl. foxed on fore-edge. Colouring of cloth on both joints repaired; backstrip sl. stained.
- Sl. faded along margins (with some restoration to faded colouring on joints).
- Htitle reattached. Backcover and spine of cloth sl. duststained; cloth joints sl. worn; dustwr. trifle rubbed/ worn at corners and foot of spine. Otherwise fine.
Idem. The Listerdale Mystery And Other Stories. Ibid., Collins, 1934, 2nd impr. of the 1st ed., 251,(5 advert.)p., orig. silverlettered purple cl.
- Owner's entry on first free endpaper; trifle foxed mainly on edges of bookblock. Backstrip faded,
= Published in the same month as the first edition (June).
AND 1 other by the same: The Secret Adversary (New York, 1930, orig. cl.).
- Occas. sl. foxed. Covers stained; sl. worn at foot of spine and corners.
= The first publication by Agatha Christie in the Collins Crime Club, with the 2 advertising pages at the end. Rare.
- Vague traces of owner's entry on upper pastedown and first free endpaper; sl. foxed; covers duststained/ fingersoiled; corners sl. rubbed.
Idem. Murder is Easy. Ibid., idem, 1939, 1st ed., 254,(2 advert.)p., orig. orange cl.
- Owner's entry on title-p. Foot of spine and corners trifle rubbed. Fine copy.
AND a copy of the 2nd American edition of the first work (publ. New York, Grosset & Dunlap, 1936, orig. blue cl. w. dustwr. Traces of tape on upper pastedown; dustwr. frayed and chipped and strengthened w. tape at various weak spots).
- Small bookseller's ticket on lower pastedown. Spine sl. dulled; foot of spine and corners sl. worn; dustwr. worn and soiled spots on front and backwr.; dustwr. chipped and frayed, i.a. at spine-ends and folding flaps (strengthened w. tape on verso).
= SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XXXII.
- Contents fine. Top of spine sl. faded; dustwr. chipped at spine-ends and strengthened w. tape on verso (and partly on recto) along lower margin and on folds of folding flaps (closing several tears).
Idem. Appointment with Death. Ibid., idem, 1938, 1st ed., 252,(4)p., orig. orange cl.
- Owner's entry on first free endpaper; 6 titles in the list of titles by the same author ticked with ballpoint; occas. sl. foxed. Orange colouring on spine partly "refreshed" with matching orange colour.
AND 1 other by the same: 4.50 from Paddington (ibid., 1957, 1st ed., orig. cl. w.dustwr. Dustwr. price-clipped and strengthened w. tape at various spots on verso).