London: Michael Joseph, 1962. First Edition. Hard Cover. Dust Jacket. Signed by Author. First UK Edition. A VG+ copy in an absolutely fine D/W. Inscribed by the Author on the FFEP: "January 1962/ To Nancy & Hennie/ With very best wishes/ from/ Dick & Mary". An outstanding inscribed copy (in the year of publication) of Dick Francis first novel and exceedingly uncommon in this sort of collectors condition. Quite simply, the best copy of this book that I have seen and really nice to see it with a contemporary inscription by the Author. Nancy and Hennie were obviously well known to Dick Francis and his wife as several other first editions have appeared on the market inscribed to them.
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.
London: Michael Joseph, 1962., 1962. Horse racing thriller. First Edition. Publisher's burgundy cloth with bright gilt titles to spine, very light age toning to page edges. In original pictorial dustwrapper, lightly handled with some toning to spine panel. With no inscriptions and no price-clipping. A near fine copy of this famous debut crime novel from the former National Hunt jockey. Hubin. Crime Fiction IV.
Michael Joseph, 1962 A first edition, first printing published by Michael Joseph in 1962. A very good/near fine book with one small neat gift inscription to the endpaper. In a good+/very good unclipped wrapper which has some chipping to the spine tips and in two places on the rear panel. Some browning to the spine. A well priced copy of the Author's first novel.
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 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: 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.
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.
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.
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