Title: THE CASE OF THE BACKWARD MULE (Superb ...
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 1946
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition
Gardner, Erle Stanley. THE CASE OF THE BACKWARD MULE. New York: William Morrow, 1946. First Edition, first printing. A NEAR FINE copy (minor edge-wear, tiny bit of discoloration to the bottom edge) in a beautiful and bright NEAR FINE ORIGINAL PRICED ($2.50) DUST JACKET. SUPERB PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION BY THE AUTHOR in the year of publication relating directly to the Chinatown setting of the novel: "To Tee Rose/ from a guy who thinks she turns in some real writin'/ And may Chow Kok Koh [a character in this mystery] show you that the hill never seems so steep as just before the top/ Love from/ Yours/ Erle." Underneath the inscription, Erle Stanley Gardner has added his full signature followed by the date: June 1946. Tee Rose, a young writer from San Francisco, became a lifelong friend of ESG and she always received Gardner's latest book in the mail -- usually immediately upon publication. We have in stock quite a few of his presentation copies to her dating from 1934 to the early 1960s. THE CASE OF THE BACKWARD MULE is the second and last China-flavored Terry Clane mystery, the previous Terry Clane mystery MURDER UP MY SLEEVE having been published nine years earlier in 1937. Terry Clane is a government secret agent who has harnessed some of the spiritual power of his Far East experiences to deal some very deadly mysteries in San Francisco's Chinatown. Bookseller Inventory # 001389
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