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GARDNER, Erle Stanley.

The Case of the Horrified Heirs.

Published: New York: William Morrow and Company, 1964

Stock code: 91710

Price: £3,500

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First edition, certified first copy to be printed. Dedication copy inscribed by the author to his close friend, scientist John Glaister on the front free endpaper: “To my friend, John Glaister, D. Sc., M.D., F.R.S.E., this first copy ever to come from the printers and binders (see certificate on the following page). With all good wishes, yours, Erle Stanley Gardner, September 1964”. Professor John Glaister (1892-1971), whose achievements as a forensic scientist are the object of a two-paragraph hommage at the end of the Foreword, succeeded his father in the Regius Chair of Forensic Science at the University of Glasgow and was well-known for his dramatic appearances at court as an expert witness. As attested by the certificate mentioned by Gardner this copy was the very first to roll off the press.

Octavo. Original red boards, titles to spine and front board in black. With the pictorial dust jacket. Housed in a black morocco-backed solander box with a facsimile of the front panel of the dust jacket pasted on the front cover. Spine a little sunned at head and tail, head lightly crumpled, very faint white mark to lower joint of front board, light dampstain to lower gutter of endpapers. An excellent copy in a slightly edge-chipped and rippled jacket with faint dampstaining to the verso.

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