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GARDNER, Erle Stanley.

The Case of the Substitute Face.

Availability: In stock

Published: New York William Morrow and Company, 1938

Stock Code: 131172

£3,000
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OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Honi, who had the job of typing the damn thing, from, Erle Stanley Gardner". The recipient was Ruth "Honey" Moore, the youngest of the three Walter sisters who were Gardner's longtime secretaries, and to whom Gardner dictated his work, "often at a rate of 15,000 words per day" (Young, p. 201). Her elder sisters were Peggy, and Agnes Jean whom Gardner married in 1968. Gardner (1889-1970) was a prolific writer, and wrote 86 Perry Mason novels over his long career, two of which are Haycraft Queen Cornerstones.

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Description

Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine and front cover in red and in black on a red ground, top edge red, others untrimmed. With the dust jacket.

Condition

Negligible rubbing to spine ends and tips, top edge lightly faded, edges toned as usual, light offsetting to endpapers faint marginal mark to pp. 3 & 9; a very good copy, the cloth unusually bright, in the dust jacket with sunned spine, creasing and a couple small nicks to extremities.

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