London: Collins, 1934. [Crime fiction] FINELY BOUND FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.251; [5 of advertisements]. 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 with gilt decoration, and all edges gilt. Original cloth spine and upper bound in at rear. Textblock very slightly toned but clean throughout, cloth bound in at the rear toned and worn. A fine copy in a handsome leather binding. A collection of short stories notable for the first book appearance of the story Philomel Cottage which was turned into a highly successful play, two feature films and was also televised twice in the UK. Interestingly, the story The Rajah's Emerald, page 211, features a young detective named James Bond! Item #60908
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