London: Michael Joseph,, 1962. Octavo. Original burgundy boards, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Spine gently rolled, edges tanned and lightly spotted, contents toned. A very good copy in the toned dust jacket with a few mild creases and nicks. First edition, first impression, of the author's first novel, inscribed by him to "Philip Murray, Very best of luck, Dick Francis" on the title page.
London: Michael Joseph, 1962. First UK edition. Hardcover. Very Good/good. Noted jockeys debut novel. Signed on title page. Light shelf wear, ends of spine rolled, paper has darkened slightly, previous owners name on FFE N.A. Eccles Yew Tree House Winchelsea 1962 in green ink, the number 60 faintly visible at top corner of FFE in light red pencil; heavy wear to edges of jacket, chipping and rubbing, darkened at spine and fore edges, a few short tears to edges, front artwork still colorful.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, ., 1962. First edition. First U.S. edition. Author's first mystery. Fine, bright copy in fine, bright dust jacket. An exceptional copy of the author's first mystery novel.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 1962. F First American Edition. H Hard Cover. Very Good. 220 pages. Barzun & Taylor #875 (inexplicably giving the publisher as "Harper"): "This English tale of horse racing shows how one should write to create suspense". Few short tears, nicks, creases and rubbing to jacket; previous owner's ink signature and inscription on front free endpaper, with slight rubbing to same endpaper; slight internal browning to edges and endpapers; else a very serviceable copy of a scarce title.
New York: Rinehart, 1962. First American edition. Hardcover. Very Good/very good. Signed bookplate wrapped against back panel inside protector. Light shelf wear to edges, more so bottom of spine, page edges have darkened slightly; jacket shows wear to edges, some chipping to corners, long closed tear to top edge of front panel, spine lettering has faded, rubbing in areas.
New York: Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 1962. First printing. Glue residue to FEP, otherwise a clean and bright nF copy in a NF/F dust jacket with the price of $3.50 intact on the front flap. A collector's copy. . First Edition. Hard Cover. NF/NF/F.
Second impression of first edition, one month after original publication. DW. Bds. v. lightly mottled, e/ps. browned, ownership signature to front free endpaper o/w VG+/VG in sunned and internally browned wrapper that is chipped at head and tail of spine and sl. worn along creases. Scarce.
London: Michael Joseph, 1964. Early Printing. Hardcover. Good Plus/Near Very Good. London: Michael Joseph, 1964 First Edition, Fourth impression stated. I suspect this was once a library book as there are barely visible erasure marks on the endpapers and tape ghosts on 4 cloth corners where the jacket had been attached to the book. The jacket image by Trevor Denning is the same as the first state jacket. However, the jacket price of 16s (not 15s) and the ad for the new book Nerve show it to be later state. Bound in original wine cloth with gold print. p. 206. The big and difficult Francis title. The book is clean and tight and unmarked . Dustwrapper is complete with a couple of quarter inch closed edge tears and slight spine panel scuff noted. Still lovely shelf presence and provided in clear archival-quality jacket protector at less than ten percent of the price of the first impression. Sometimes a compromise is better than a blank spot on the shelf. s . Early Printing. Cloth. Good Plus/Near Very Good.
NY: Armchair Detective Library, 1989 a rare, gift-quality copy, one of only 26 lettered ("Q") presentation copies and signed by the author on the limitation page; a small edge-smudge at the lower right corner of the front cover portrait is the only mar, else textblock and binding immaculate, inside and out; bound with Red Label Davey boards, encased in Holliston Roxite "C" grade maroon cloth, Smythe sewn, with matching cloth-covered slip case; the front cover's borders are triple-ruled in gilt, centered with the author's b&w portrait, title and facsimile signature in gilt; gilt-titled spine; 210 p.; this is the Armchair Detective Library Edition of the author's first thriller, originally published in 1962 by Michael Joseph, London.. First Armchair Det.Library Ed./1st Prtg. Cloth. Fine. 8vo - Over 7 3/4" -9 3/4 " Tall. Hard Cover.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1962. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing (U.S. edition). SIGNED by Francis on the half title page. Endpapers have been professionally replaced, otherwise a very good copy with no other markings. Dust jacket has slight discoloration at base of spine, probably from label removal, light edge wear but otherwise a clean example. Now protected in an archival cover.
Armchair Detective Library. Used - Acceptable. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!
New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1962. First Edition 1st Printing. Cloth. Near Fine/Fair. Octavo 5.5" x 8. [Of-F]. The scarce first printing of the first book by the celebrated author of the horse racing mystery. A clean copy in a dustjacket with two inch-long closed tears, with small loss at top corner of spine, and with 1/8" by 2" loss to cover.
HC, ex-library. Stated First Ed. (first U.S. ed). Fair in VG dj in mylar. Corners & spine ends bumped & frayed. Front hinge broken, webbing showing. Pages tanned, with light to moderate soiling. Spine pulled from bound pages, but pages firmly bound.
New York: Holt Rinehart Winston, 1962. First American Edition. Hardcover. Very Good -/Very Good -. New York: Holt Rinehart Winston, 1962. A solid first printing ex-library copy of the author's first US book with the typical library markings. Some moisture wrinkling on the back panel of the DJ but no tears and only slight fading to the spine.. First American Edition. Very Good -/Very Good -. Book.
London: Michael Joseph, 1979. First Edition. Hard Cover. Dust Jacket. Signed by Author. First UK Edition. A near fine (or better) copy in like D/W. Signed by the Author in his own name and as BB on the front free end-paper
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1962. Hardcover. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1962. First edition. The author's first novel. A British steeplechase jockey, Francis (1920-2010) penned nearly 40 novels, almost all set in the world of horse racing. Inscribed and dated by Dick Francis and his wife Mary on the front flyleaf. Octavo. An ex-U.S. Army libray copy, with ink stamps to the copyright page, title page, front flyleaf, rear pastedown, and top edge (all but the copyright page and top edge have been inked out), and the remnants of a pocket to the rear flyleaf. Extremely faint staining to the fore-edge. The dust jacket is clean, with only some light fading along the spine and just a hint of edgewear.
Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press, (2000) Limited, signed edition. Fine (a new copy.) Special collector's edition of this classic mystery set in the world of horse racing, originally published in 1962. SIGNED by the author on a special tipped in page. Also SIGNED by Francis on a laid-in certificate of authenticity Bound in full leather with gilt titling and decorations, all edges gilt, ribbon marker bound in. 217 pp. Silk moire endpapers.
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