From This Dark Stairway.Garden City, N.Y., Published for The Crime Club by Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1931 Stock Code: 126383
NotesFirst Crime Club edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper: "Dear Leila McKinley: It gives me pleasure to inscribe this to you because you have sent me your books and because of our happy meeting. I hope I shall see you in America sometime not too far-off. Sincerely, Mignon G. Eberhart. Nice, France - January 21, 1932". The first US edition of Eberhart's fourth novel was published earlier in 1931 by Grosset & Dunlap while the first UK edition appeared a year later. Books inscribed by this prolific American crime writer are very scarce indeed. Eberhart's The Patient in Room 18 (1929) is a Haycraft Queen Cornerstone.
Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine and front board in black on red, top edge red.
Spine gently cocked and sunned, boards lightly scuffed and soiled, corners a touch bumped, small blue ink scribble to front pastedown, very slight offsetting from the lightly tanned title page, text block strained in a few places but firm, occasional red pencil underlining. A very good copy.
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