London: Ernest Benn Limited, (1928). First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, duodecimo size, 288 pp., in a custom clamshell box. Near fine. Item #210121029
The fourth novel in the series featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, the urbane, witty, and deeply caring (underneath a thin aristocratic veneer) gentleman whose romance with Harriet Vane, upon meeting her while she was on trial for the murder of her lover, has entertained so many for generations.
Dorothy Leigh Sayers (1893-1957) is likely remembered by most as the author of the Wimsey novels, although she considered her translation of "The Divine Comedy" by Dante to be the high point of her writing career. Educated at Oxford, she was associated with the other Inklings, although many do not consider her as such; unlike Tolkien or Lewis, whose profession was teaching and wrote on the side, Sayers earned her living by her writings.
This the first printing of the work, of which, according to the publisher's records, only 1000 copies were printed. Lacking the very scarce dust jacket, now housed in a custom clamshell box.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full black cloth over boards, the front stamped in orange with a border of icicles, two guns, and stylized lettering, the spine with ruled borders at the head and tail of orange icicles, an orange decoration and lettering, copyright page meets criteria for the first printing; duodecimo size (7 3/8" by 5 1/8"), pagination: [1-7] 8-287 [printer's statement]. In a custom clamshell box, the sides and spine covered in black cloth, black leather spine label with gilt lettering, the three edges covered in orange ribbed silk inside and out, the inner trays lined with ivory paper.
___CONDITION: Near fine; we had a professional strengthen the binding, which is now strong and sturdy, the boards clean, straight corners without rubbing, the hinges solid, the interior is clean with just a few light spots of foxing, the sole prior owner marking we see a name written in a vintage hand at the top fore-edge corner of the front free endpaper; the orange colour on the spine very slightly sunned, a barely discernable indication on the front board of an old label, some toning to the edges of the text block and light evidence of an old price which had been written and then erased on the front free endpaper; overall a lovely example of one of Sayer's gripping Lord Peter stories.
___CITATION: Gilbert no. A6.
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