May 04, 2017 - Sale 2446

Sale 2446 - Lot 323

Price Realized: $ 18,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
"A MURDER HAS BEEN ARRANGED & WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY" CHRISTIE, AGATHA. Autograph Manuscript, unsigned, notebook containing over 150 pages of notes and fragmentary early drafts for her novels A Murder Is Announced and They Do It with Mirrors, and for her play, Spider's Web. Written in ink and pencil, mostly on recto and verso, roughly half of text written back-to-front (inverted and beginning on terminal notebook page). 4to, cloth; ruled paper, cracked hinges, minor scattered staining. (MRS) Baghdad, circa 1948

Additional Details

"Baghdad 1948 / A Murder has been Arranged [working title] / A murder has been arranged & will / take place on Friday Dec. 13th / at Little Paddocks at 6.15 precisely. / Friends please accept this--the only intimation. . . ."
Provenance: Mrs. M.E.L. Mallowan by sale to present owner (Sotheby's June 15, 1960, lot 103).