London: Odhams Press Limited, 1933. [Strange Tales] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.247; , blank. Publisher's plum-coloured cloth with titles in gilt to spine, in suitable macabre wrapper. Some edge spotting, fugitive pigment of cloth with inevitable sunning to extremities, gilt dulled, jacket with a couple of small chips at crown and a few creases to rear. An attractive copy. A collection of twelve short stories, mostly tales of fate and the supernatural, published by Odhams rather than her usual publisher Collins, who produced their own version a little later. The book is notable for including the first appearance of Christie's legendary story 'The Witness for the Prosecution' which the author subsequently adapted for the stage, and which was the basis for two classic movies. Item #50903
Bleiler; Checklist of Fantastic Literature . Cooper and Pike; Detective Fiction p.82-89, Eric Quayle; Detective Fiction, see also Wagstaff and Poole.
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