Nov 18, 2014 - Sale 2366

Sale 2366 - Lot 177

Price Realized: $ 8,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 9,000
QUEEN, ELLERY. The French Powder Mystery. 8vo, publisher's red cloth stamped in black, spine evenly faded, 5mm closed tear to spine head, original pictorial dust jacket, torn with loss of approximately bottom third of front panel and top square inch of spine panel, paper reinforcements along edges to verso, few tape repairs to spine panel, bottom 1/2-inch excised but for front flap, $2.00 price intact; internally clean and unmarked. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1930

Additional Details

a legendary rarity, virtually unobtainable in the original dust jacket. Neither ABPC nor AE records any like copies as having come on the market, and online surveys are similarly barren. Even acknowledging the dust jacket faults, this title stands as an honest copy and notable in that the wrapper is generally known to exist only in facsimile or lesser original fragments. A major desideratum for any crime collection.