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Beat Not the Bones by  Charlotte Jay - First Edition - 1952 - from Burnside Rare Books, ABAA (SKU: 140940443)

Beat Not the Bones

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Beat Not the Bones

by Jay, Charlotte

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New York: Harper and Brothers, 1952. First Edition. Very Good/Very Good. First edition, first printing. Bound in publisher's original tan cloth over black spine cloth lettered in gilt. Very Good with some foxing to cloth and pages, pages toned. In an unclipped dust jacket, Very Good, with toning, foxing and wear. A very nice copy of the winner of the very first Edgar Award for best novel. A suspenseful novel by an Australian author, set in New Guinea, which has been compared to Conrad's Heart of Darkness for its anti-colonial themes.


Beat Not the Bones is a 1952 suspense novel by Charlotte Jay (pseudonym of Geraldine Halls) which won the inaugural Edgar award for best novel . The novel follows the actions of a sheltered young women who arrives in New Guinea from Australia, determined to find out what really happened to her husband, the Chief Anthropologist in the colonial administration. His death has been ascribed to suicide but she has reason to believe it was murder.

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Burnside Rare Books, ABAA US (US)
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Beat Not the Bones
Jay, Charlotte
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Jacket condition
Very Good
First Edition
Harper and Brothers
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published

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About Burnside Rare Books, ABAA

Burnside Rare Books specializes in literary first editions and works of cultural and historic significance. We are located in Portland, Oregon and welcome visitors by appointment.


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First Edition
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