States "10th thousand" to title page, where author Creasey has dated "July 1952," inscribed "with every good wish," and signed his full name in blue ink. This book, the fourth "Department Z" novel, was originally published by Andrew Melrose Ltd, in 1935; it seems odd it would have taken 15 years to make it through 10 thousand copies of one of a popular author's more popular books. (This series would eventually stretch to 28 titles, by 1957.) Nonetheless, the impressive list of Creasey titles opposite title page (which doesn't even include titles penned under such pseudonyms as Sexton Blake, Anthony Morton, Michael Halliday, Ken Ranger, Tex Riley, et al.) includes "The Toff in Town" (1948) and "Inspector West Kicks Off" (1949), making a print date of 1949 or 1950 most likely, here. So blame the war, the fact that the British hardcover market has been considerably smaller than the American for at least a century, and the fact that detective/mystery novels are of course "not serious fiction." This cloth-bound copy otherwise "good only," with no jacket. The boards have bowed outward in opposite directions, meaning the volume wants to stand open by an extra half-inch or so. An unprepossessing little beige 16mo, slightly larger than a modern "mass market paperback," most notable for the author's signature and inscription, unusual in this title at any date. 256 pp. Reduced from $70. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Death Round the Corner (SIGNED)
Publisher: Andrew Melrose Ltd.
Publication Date: 1950
Book Condition: Good
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