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(KAUFFER, E. McKnight.) [BISHOP, Morris.] JOHNSON, W. Bolingbroke.

The Widening Stain.

New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1942 Stock Code: 73994
£475.00
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First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Bill Upson, with might even have been involved - W. Bolingbroke Johnson". The author began to write his real name and crossed it out after the first two letters of "Morris". The recipient of this copy was William Hazlet Upson, the creator the popular character Alexander Botts, an indomitable Earthworm Tractor salesman who appeared in a series of short stories in the Saturday Evening Post. This novel is a double murder mystery set an an eastern university with a female librarian as the detective. The school was probably based on Cornell, where the author and Johnson were undergraduates a year apart. A nice copy in the E. McKnight Kauffer jacket.

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Description

Octavo. Original brown cloth, titles to spine and geometric design to upper board in mauve, mauve top-stain. With the E. McKnight Kauffer dust jacket.

Condition

Lightly rubbed at extremities, top-stain a little faded. An excellent copy in the rubbed and toned jacket with small chips at the corners not affecting text.

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