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BIGGERS, Earl Derr.

The Black Camel.

Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1929 Stock Code: 123513
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First edition, first printing, in the first state dust jacket. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Harold Carew, May we meet frequently over another glass of the 'light' - and elsewhere - Earl Derr Biggers, Pasadena, June 16, 1929". This is a review copy inscribed a week before the official publication date of 24 June, with the publisher's review copy stamp to the front panel of the first state dust jacket. Carew held the role of the literature editor at the Pasadena Star News from 1923; at this time Biggers rented in the building adjacent to the Star News's offices, noting that the noise of the printing presses encouraged him to write as if he was "out to make the next edition". Biggers's The House Without a Key (125) is a Haycraft Queen Cornerstone.

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Octavo. Original grey cloth, titles to spine and front cover in red. With the pictorial dust jacket.


Spine gently rolled, minor rubbing to extremities, a very good, clean copy in the jacket with minor loss to head of spine, tape repair to verso, faint mark to front cover, onto spine and lower rear cover, short closed tear to foot of spine, another to head of the join between the front flap and front panel, slight nicks to jacket edges.


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