South Melbourne, Australia: Crime Book Publishing Co. Proprietary Limited, 1940. Very Good -. Item #14682
South Melbourne, Australia: Crime Book Publishing Co. Proprietary Limited, 1940. Presumed First Edition with no other printings listed. Octavo. 284 pp. + publisher's advertisements. Red cloth stamped in black. No dust jacket.
Boards a bit warped and lightly worn along edges, with a split and adjacent fraying along bottom edge of rear joint; cloth scuffed and spotted some some surface dampstaining; spine cocked, smudged, and waterspotted. Front free endpaper torn and retaining only a 1" strip along hinge. Toning to endpapers and heavily to title page. Opens flatly between a few gatherings with gaps starting to show at some, but binding is sound. Pages a bit toned with occasional marginal toning, but unmarked.
Very scarce with no copies in retail and only one copy found in auction records.