London: The Crime Club by Collins, 1961. [Crime fiction] FINELY BOUND FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.256. Finely bound by the Baker Bindery, Anniston, Alabama in green full morocco, with gilt titles and decoration to spine, green patterned paste-paper endpapers, generous turn-ins ruled in gilt, with gilt motifs of dagger, pistol, moustache and knitting needles tooled as the four corner-pieces, all edges gilt. Original cloth spine and upper bound in at rear. Internally clean and bright. A fine copy in a handsome leather binding. A masterful 'strange tale' in which 'The Pale Horse' is the name of both the village pub and a secret organisation which kills by black magic. The successful crime writer Ariadne Oliver (an exaggerated version of Christie herself) is called in to unravel the mysterious happenings... This is the final case (and perhaps the best) for Mrs. Oliver, who first appears with Parker Pyne in two short stories, and in seven full-length novels (six of them with the great detective Hercule Poirot). Item #60800
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