London: Thornton Butterworth, 1935. Hardcover. First Crime Circle Edition of this obscure (and scarce) detective novel by an obscure crime writer (neither title nor author mentioned in Barzun's exhaustive Catalogue of Crime), but with fabulous dust jacket art by the incomparable Bip Pares. Crown 8vo (183 x 119mm): 254,pp. Publisher's orange diamond-patterned cloth, spine lettered in black; dust jacket priced 7s/6d. An exceptional copy, tightly bound and clean throughout (end sheets and preliminaries toned), in the superb jacket, still vibrant, marred only by a few trivial nicks. Fine / Fine. Item #BB2325
First published in New York, in 1933, by E. J. Clode. The New York Times Book Review critic said the story "provides good light entertainment and a sufficiently baffling puzzle." Ethel “Bip” Pares (1904-1977) is "a name seen so often on some of the most eye-catching designs of the nineteen-thirties and forties. . . . She has long been admired and collected – she is said to have designed some 600 dust-jackets in all . . . " (blog post by Laurence Worms, Ash Rare Books) Our own favorite is Bip's design for Olaf Stapledon's Star Maker. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).