First edition, first impression of the author’s first novel, the publisher’s retained copy with their ink-stamp to the front pastedown and dust-jacket front panel. R. Philmore was the pseudonym of Herbert Edmund Howard (1900-63), and his protagonist, an amateur detective named C. J. Swan, was reputedly based on his close friend C. P. Snow. Scarce in this condition with the dust jacket.
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Octavo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in orange. With the dust jacket. Spine-ends and upper outer corner of front board very lightly bumped. An excellent copy in the dust jacket very slightly creased at the head of the spine.