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The Mysterious Affair At Styles

By Christie, Agatha




Written in 1916, during World War I, The Mysterious Affair at Styles is Agatha Christie’s first published novel. The story introduces the author’s world-famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, as well as Lieutenant (later Captain) Hastings and Inspector (later Chief Inspector) Japp. The mystery begins with Poirot settling in England near the home of Emily Inglethorp. When Emily is killed, Poirot must apply his detective skills to solve the mystery based on a few seemingly random clues. The book includes maps of the house, the murder scene, and a drawing of a fragment of a will.

First edition identification and notes

After having been rejected by six publishers, John Lane (US) produced the story in novel form for the first time in October 1920. (The Mysterious Affair at Styles had previously been serialized in the UK’s The Times in February of that year.) The first edition of the novel has a hardcover with 296 pages. Beneath the dustjacket illustrated by Alfred James Dewey, the book is covered in pale brown cloth with dark green lettering on the upper cover and spine.

Other collectible or notable editions

The Bodley Head, John Lane’s UK company, published the first British edition of The Mysterious Affair at Styles in January of 1921. However, the first Canadian edition, published by Ryerson Press in 1920, actually precedes the first British edition. In 1976, following Christie’s death, Dodd, Mead and Company published a commemorative edition of the novel.


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The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

CHRISTIE, Agatha.

London: John Lane, The Bodley Head; John Lane Company, New York,, 1921. An uncommonly bright copy of Christie's first novel and Poirot's debut Octavo. Original brown cloth, titles and art nouveau decorations to spine and front cover in black, top edge black. Housed in a custom black morocco solander box with decorative gilt tooling and brown morocco onlay. Slight wear to extremities, small repair to foot of front joint, partial split to rear joint but holding, minor abrasions to covers, faint foxing to endpapers and edges, a very good, remarkably fresh, copy. First UK edition, first impression, of Christie's first novel and Poirot's debut. Inspired by the refugees she saw in Torquay, the poisons she encountered whilst working in a local hospital for the Voluntary Aid Detachment, and "challenged by her sister Madge, Agatha embarked on a detective story" in 1914. "Rejected by two publishers The Mysterious Affair at Styles went on to John Lane at the Bodley Head, who acknowledged its receipt but, for the next two years, said no more" (ODNB). It was eventually published by Lane in the US in 1920, and in the UK in 1921, and was printed on cheap, poor quality stock, and bound in thin cloth, meaning copies in such good condition are highly uncommon. Christie went on to be the best-selling novelist of all time, as listed by the Guinness World Records.

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THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES

Christie, Agatha

Toronto: The Ryerson Press, 1920. First Canadian edition of the AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK and first to feature Belgian private detective Hercule Poirot. Issued from sheets of the true first edition (NY; John Lane, 1920) and preceding the London edition (Bodley Head, 1921). We record only one other copy offered for sale and are able to locate only one copy in libraries. Recased with new endpapers added, lettering touched up and cloth coated. Spine a little tanned otherwise near fine. Housed in matching clamshell case lined in silk. Rare. THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF POIROT

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The Mysterious Affair At Styles

Christie, Agatha

Toronto, ON, Canada: The Ryerson Press, 1920. 1st Canadian Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 8vo, The first Canadian Edition which preceded the first UK Edition. Brown cloth boards with green lettering and graphics on spine and top of front board. Top and base of spine shows slight thinning. There are four threads at the top and base of the spine, measuring 1/8 of an inch, which have been broken horizontally and vertically, probably due to shelfwear. The book has had no restoration. Light foxing throughout. Front and rear hinges are tight and intact. No pages torn. Pages 290, 292 and 294 show soft crease folds - the result of page marking. Minor soiling on the front board and spine. Copyright, 1920, by John Lane Company (New York). Author's rare first book which introduced Hercule Poirot. 296 pgs. 1A

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Agatha Christie

UK: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1935. Half Crown Edition . Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie Half Crown Edition John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd 1935. Very small name inscription to fep. Lightly foxed edges, covers fine. In near fine, bright pictorial dust jacket.

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Agatha Christie

Book Jungle, 2007-11-08. Paperback. Used:Good.

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Book Jungle, 2007-11-08. Paperback. Good.

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The Mysterious Affair At Styles (1935 Half-Crown Edition)

Christie, Agatha

Publisher: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1935 Used – Good. UK: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1935. Half Crown Edition. Hardcover. Good+ / New. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie Original 1935 Half Crown Edition John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd 1935. Corners not bumped. NOT EXLIB. Crisp, straight, and very solid bright orange boards with quite light sunning to spine. Nice tight binding. Foxing noted chiefly at title pages and outside margins. Please see our photos. The Accompanying Facsimile dust jacket is not from the Half-Crown Edition; Instead it's the candlestick cover art from the First Edition, that was published in 1920. Mylar wrapped. A nice way to get a replacement dust jacket for your true first edition, eh? Please see our photos. Rare.

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Agatha Christie Mystery Collection)

Agatha Christie

1983-08-03. New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!

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The Mysterious Affair At Styles

Agatha Christie

USA: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1926. Reprint . Hardcover. Fine. The Mysterious Affair At Styles by Agatha Christie Early Reprint Dodd Mead & Company 1926. Small name inscription to front pastedown, unmarked and unblemished throughout. Uncut edges. Covers are fine.  Book is supplied with a colour copy of the original dust jacket. 

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The Mysterious Affair At Styles

Christie, Agatha

New York Grosset & Dunlap circa 1940, circa 1940.. Hardcover. Dark red cloth boards with black lettering. Spine not sunned. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: none. Reprint. A very goodcopy of this Grosset reprint. circa 1940. WWII reprint on wartime paper that has browned.

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Poirot)

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot Mysteries (Audio))

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie, Fiction, Mystery & Detective (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Agatha Christie

IndyPublish, 2002-05-29. Paperback. Good.

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The Mysterious Affair At Styles (EasyRead Large Bold Edition)

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ReadHowYouWant, 2009-02-19. Paperback. Good.

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Illustrated)

Agatha Christie

Independently Published, 2016. Paperback. As New. Disclaimer:An apparently unread copy in perfect condition. Dust cover is intact; pages are clean and are not marred by notes or folds of any kind. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.

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The mysterious affair at Styles : a detective story / by Agatha Christie. 1920 [FULL LEATHER BOUND]

Christie Agatha

2019. SUPER DELUXE EDITION. New. Antique look with Golden Leaf Printing and embossing with round Spine completely handmade binding(extra customization on request like Color Leather, Colored book, special gold leaf printing etc.) Reprinted in 2019 with the help of original edition published long back [1920]. This book is printed in black & white, sewing binding for longer life, Printed on high quality Paper, re-sized as per Current standards, professionally processed without changing its contents. As these are old books, we processed each page manually and make them readable but in some cases some pages which are blur or missing or black spots. If it is multi volume set, then it is only single volume, if you wish to order a specific or all the volumes you may contact us. We expect that you will understand our compulsion in these books. We found this book important for the readers who want to know more about our old treasure in old look so we brought it back to the shelves. Hope you will like it and give your comments and suggestions. Lang: - eng, Pages 318. EXTRA 10 DAYS APART FROM THE NORMAL SHIPPING PERIOD WILL BE REQUIRED. (Normal Hardbound Edition is also available on request.)

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles: Illustrated Large Print Edition

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles: Hercule Poirot's First Case (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)

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The mysterious affair at styles

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