Very Good. Item #10297
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1939. First Edition, with Scribner's A and seal to copyright. Octavo; xvi, [ii], 174pp +7 ads. Publisher's black cloth with red lettering. Missing dust jacket. Boards edgeworn with some exposure at corners, tugging at spine ends, and some general scuffs and smudges to cloth. Spine a bit cocked. Opens easily at boards and between gatherings, but binding is holding soundly. Endpapers toned. Stamp of Pelham Stationers of Pelham, NY opposite preface and at bottom of pages 1 and 125, else pages unmarked.
Barzun writes "This is W.H. Wright's last work, left in an only semi-expanded outline form at the time of his death. Philo Vance is still the detective but the pseudo-scholarly footnotes are not in evidence nor is the pearl-handled telephone. In fact, this short book is pleasant reading; add your own nostalgia if you wish."
[Barzun, A Catalog of Crime 3275].