London: Hamish Hamilton, 1931. First Edition. Octavo, pp.316; . Bound in publisher's pale blue cloth, with embossed titles to spine. Pictorial dust-jacket by V. Asta shows the House of Commons against a dark sky to front cover, titles to spine, and publisher's advertisements to rear cover; unclipped, originally priced 7s 6d. Binding shows well, with some bumping to corners and spine ends, text-block edges show some spotting. Internally clean, with no signs of spotting; the sealed 'destruction' portion at the rear of the novel is opened, with the seal partially present, including insert of publisher's plea to readers to share recommendations of the book. Dust-wrapper has some small chips to corners and spine ends, one small area of loss to top edge of front cover, slight spotting to rear cover and tanning to spine. Set entirely within the House of Commons, and perhaps catering to a certain amount of wish-fulfillment on behalf of the British public, Hamilton's first detective novel draws on her own experience in the House as MP for Blackburn. The novel comes with a portion of the text sealed in blue paper, bearing the specific instruction "Do Not Break This Seal" Item #43936
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