London: The Crime Club by Collins, 1945. First British Edition. Hardcover. First Impression of this final Colonel Race detective novel, based on an Hercule Poirot short story. Crown 8vo (181 x 118mm): ,5-160pp. Publisher's tangerine cloth, spine lettered in black, in the celebrated dust jacket illustrated by Leslie Leonard Stead featuring a green skull grinning through a glass of cyanide-laced champagne. Later-issue jacket, without press reviews to lower panel and with Crime Club novel by Lorac entitled The Fire in the Thatch (published in 1946) listed on back flap; Christie's subsequent work, The Hollow (Crime Club, 1946) is nowhere mentioned. Our supposition is that the publisher reprinted an updated jacket to pair with unsold first impressions of the book after the War. A sharp, bright copy (spine lightened just a degree or two, remarkably fresh price-clipped jacket nicked to head and tail of spine panel with short horizontal crease to top edge of upper panel), tightly bound and clean throughout. Wagstaff & Poole, p. 197. Barzun & Taylor 793 and 3698 ("only the cyanide is sparkling"). Fine- / Near Fine+. Item #BB2740
First published in the United States by Dodd, Mead as Remembered Death and featuring the final appearance of British former MI5 agent Colonel Johnny Race, solving the mysterious deaths of a married couple, exactly one year apart. The plot expands upon Christie's short story "Yellow Iris," first published in the Strand Magazine, in July, 1937. A year before the novel opens, Rosemary Barton died at one of London's West End restaurants. Was it murder or suicide? Of the same six people who gather for a meal on the anniversary of her death, each has a separate and secret reason to feel nervous anticipation. 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.).