CROFTS, Freeman Wills.
The End of Andrew Harrison.
First edition, first impression. An Inspector French mystery, published in the US as The Futile Alibi later the same year. Scarce in the dust jacket. The bequest plate, dated August 1938, identifies the donor as Mrs Cole Porter and the institution as the public library at Dark Harbor, Maine, though neither the composer nor his wife Linda Lee Thomas appears to have had any connection with the area.
Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine and front board lettered in black, blue endpapers. With the dust jacket. Housed in a custom brown cloth solander box with a gilt-lettered brown morocco spine-label. Bookplate of Lawrence Solomon, noted American physician and collector of detective fiction, to solander box front panel verso. Printed sheet of borrowing rules for Hays’ Circulating Library of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania (150 100 mm) laid in within taped acetate jacket; library bequest plate to front pastedown. Spine gently rolled and sunned, corners very faintly rubbed, contents slightly toned, small portion of damp-staining to rear free endpaper. An excellent copy in the dust jacket slightly nicked on the spine and a touch rubbed along the joints.
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