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Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie - First Edition - 1958 - from Daniel Vince Rare Books (SKU: 13)

Ordeal by Innocence

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Ordeal by Innocence

by Agatha Christie

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First edition. This is a fine copy. The dust wrapper is bright and attractively illustrated. There is slight scoring on the front panel as visible in the photos. The rear and internal panels have slight foxing present. It has not been price clipped.

The boards are free from chips and marks aside from light bumping at the top and tail of the spine. There is a previous owner's inscription dated 1958 on the front pastedown. The text blocks are generally clean but with slight foxing on the top and side edges. Overall, this is a near fine copy of an iconic and classic title.


While serving a sentence for killing his mother - a crime he insisted he didn't commit - Jacko Argyle dies in prison. Two years later, the man who could have supported Jacko's alibi suddenly turns up. It appears that Jacko was innocent... and that the murderer is part of the surviving family.The novel was first published in 1958 by William Collins Son & Co. in London, and in 1959 by Dodd, Mead & Co. in New York. It was filmed in 1984 by Golan-Gobus Productions in England starring Donald Sutherland, Sarah Miles and Christopher Plummer. The film adheres closely to the novel. The New York Times described the novel as one of Christie's most engaging works. "Characteristically surprising, trickily constructed and yet firmly based in character..."This book is dedicated, "To Billy Collins with affection and gratitude." It was he who lured Christie from the Bodley Head, which published her first six books, to Williams Collins Sons & Co in 1926. Now known as HarperCollins this company is UK publisher of Christie's books to this day. An adaptation of tihs novel was broadcast, with the addition of Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple, in 2007.


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Ordeal by Innocence
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About Daniel Vince Rare Books

Daniel Vince Rare Books is a small, online-based bookselling company founded by Daniel Vince, who at present, also works at The Plantagenet King. We trade in the finest stock, specialising in 20th Century English Literature, first editions and signed titles.


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